October 23, 2006 11:57 ET

Workers strike at Diamond Envelopes

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) - 90 Amicus members at envelope manufacturer Diamond Envelopes in Aberdeen are determined to continue with industrial action after company bosses threatened to impose substantial shift changes.

The workers, including machine operators, setters and warehouse staff are angry at the company's threat to impose substantial changes to their shift patterns and are holding a 24 hour strike today (23 October) which is due to end at 8AM Tuesday 24 October.

One of the proposed changes would see the loss of the 'twilight' shift which is worked mainly by women with children of school age who are able to work around their childcare arrangements. If this shift was lost then many of these women would find it difficult to continue working at the plant.

The union has put forward a proposal to the company but the company do not appear to want to negotiate a satisfactory settlement.

Amicus Regional Officer, Jimmy Robertson said,

"We doubt that the company is serious in wanting to reach a negotiated settlement to this dispute.

"The impact of these imposed changes will be devastating to many of our members, some of whom will not be able to continue working at the factory.

"The company's indifference to the workforce has strengthened their resolve to continue this action and to get the employer back to the negotiating table."


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