Unite the Union

Unite the Union

November 13, 2007 12:15 ET

Unions Press Donnelley for Global Dialogue

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2007) - Graphical trade unions from around the world are pressing the world's largest print company - US-based RR Donnelley - to meet them for discussions to launch a global dialogue.

UNI global union has launched an alliance of unions recognised or organising in Donnelley plants around the world and earlier this year signed global a agreement covering dialogue and labour rights with the world's number two printer Canada-based Quebecor.

Unions from 14 countries on three continents have joined UNI in signing a letter to Donnelley's Chief Executive Thomas J Quinlan seeking a meeting.

A key union aim is to ensure that conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation on rights to join unions and to bargain collectively and freedom from discrimination, child and forced labour are applied across all of Donnelley's operations.

Adriana Rosenzvaig, who heads UNI Graphical global union, said:

"RR Donnelley are a global company and we are a global union - we should be discussing a global agenda. Donnelley claim to be socially responsible and good employers - we want that put into an agreement and monitored with unions around the world to ensure that labour rights operate whether a Donnelley plant is in Latin America or China, in North America or Europe."

Two previous attempts to open a global dialogue brought no response from Donnelley but Mr Quinlan is being urged to meet a UNI delegation "to share information and discuss maters of mutual interest and concern at the global level".

Unite National Officer, Steve Sibbald, said:

"As Donnelley is the largest printer in the world they have to be the prime target for our Sector for a Global Agreement. All Donnelley employees must enjoy the same basic minimum rights at work regardless of the country they work in.

"It is very much in the interests of UK employees that they support their colleagues throughout the world as it will bring greater security for all."

Unions from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Peru, UK, USA and Venezuela have joined the UNI call for a global meeting with Donnelley.

UNI has nearly 20 global agreements across a range of service sectors building global dialogue in companies like Telefonica, H&M, Securitas and ISS. In the Graphical sector UNI Graphical and its unions around the world have agreements with Quebecor, Nampak and Euradius.

Contact Information

  • Adriana Rosenzvaig
    0041 22 365 2173 / 0041 79 2021926
    Unite National Officer
    Steve Sibbald
    07860 538537
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761