Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

April 02, 2007 12:23 ET

Amicus backs union alliance in RR Donnelley

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 2, 2007) - UNI Graphical global union has launched an international trade union alliance in RR Donnelley, the world's largest printing company that employs 60,000 workers worldwide.

The alliance will step up cooperation between unions across national borders in their organising activities and seek a global agreement with the Chicago-based company to ensure that core labour standards laid down by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are observed - wherever it operates.

Amicus and other trade unions in Donnelley's European subsidiaries are due to start negotiations soon with the company following agreement to set up a European Works Council. The ILO's declaration of fundamental rights at work provides for the right to join unions and to bargain collectively as well as freedom from discrimination and child labour.

Amicus National Officer, Steve Sibbald, said: "It's hard to see how a global company with the size and importance of RR Donnelley could turn down a commitment that bans discrimination and outlaws child labour, as well as opposing union organisation in some of its plants worldwide."

UNI Graphical President Michel Muller, from French union FILPAC-CGT, said: "The clear aim of a global agreement is to make sure that human rights and labour rights are respected along with labour laws wherever Donnelley operates."

The company is seen as union-friendly in some countries with collective agreements but anti-union and obstructive in others - particularly on its home base in the United States.

Graphical unions from 12 countries in America, Europe and India reported on developments and among the issues spotlighted were relationships with the company, collective agreements, health and safety, union access to workers and the integration of recent acquisitions.

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Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer
    Steve Sibbald
    07860 538537
    or
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914