Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 23, 2007 06:39 ET

Workers rally to save jobs

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2007) - Workers at IMI Norgren, based in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire, who manufacture fluid controls and retail dispense systems, will be taking the campaign to save their jobs to the centre of Shipston on Stour tomorrow (Saturday 24th March).

Amicus, the union representing the workers, is opposing the closure of the plant at Shipston announced in January. Amicus says the site at Shipston is profitable and union officers have put a plan to management that could save some of the 165 threatened jobs. IMI Norgren is the largest manufacturing employer within a ten to fifteen mile radius and the social and economic impact on the town will be devastating.

The closure comes despite assurances and a commitment from the company four years ago, when low cost jobs were outsourced to Mexico, that the future of the Shipston site was secure.

Amicus' Regional Officer, Peter Coulson, said:

"Four years ago we were given assurances and a commitment by the company that special skilled work would be kept at Shipston, a site that is productive and profitable. IMI Norgren have now reneged on that commitment in their pursuit for even greater profits.

"This is yet another example in a long list of employers discarding their workers and adding them to the manufacturing scrapheap. The rally on Saturday will highlight this injustice."

IMI Norgren are part of IMI Group plc whose preliminary results for December 2006 show profits for the year at GBP 75.7m, an increase on 2005 (GBP 16.2m) of 367.2%.

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Calling notice

Members and Officers of the union will be available for interview on the day.
The rally will start from Norgren Social Club at 10 am and will proceed to the Town Square where speakers will include trade union officers, Mayor of Shipston and others. It should end at 12 noon.

Contact Information

  • Amicus Press Office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934 or 07764 655751
    or
    Amicus Regional Officer
    Peter Coulson
    07958 624161