Unite the Union

Unite the Union

January 29, 2008 08:18 ET

Unite comment on Quebecor's decision to put its Corby plant into receivership

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2008) -

Attention: Print, News, Industrial and East Midlands

Commenting on Quebecor World's decision to put its Corby plant into receivership, Unite Assistant General Secretary, Tony Burke, said: "January has been a bad month for the printing industry with over 400 job losses in Polestar and Wiltshires alone. We are now looking at a further 300 potential job losses at Corby.

"For our members and their families this is an unmitigated disaster caused by classic mismanagement at the very top of the company. We don't blame the local management who have been kept in the dark as much as the workforce have. We hope that Corby's customers will stay with the company.

"To watch the worlds second biggest printing company unravel in this way is appalling. Corby has been cut adrift from what many now believe is a sinking ship. Clearly the credit crunch in the United States has affected the company but the way that the crisis has been handled within the company is nothing short of abysmal.

"Our first priority is our members and their families and since the announcement yesterday we have been speaking to a number of people within the industry with a view to seeing if they can purchase the business as a going concern."

Unite local officials will be meeting with the local management and the receivers over the next few days to ensure production continues in the hope that there will be a purchaser for the business.

Contact Information

  • Tony Burke
    07831 659939
    Unite Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761