Nationwide demonstrations for lock-out workers at Bootle packaging plant

3 Apr

Unite will start a series of nationwide demonstrations in support of locked-out Merseyside workers at the sites of supermarkets stocking products packaged by the rogue aristocratic company Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP).

140 workers employed by MMP in Bootle have been locked out of their workplace since the 18th February after taking industrial action in protest against the imposition of new, inferior redundancy terms and the discriminatory selection of 49 workers for dismissal.

The packaging giant – which remains in the majority ownership of the elite Austrian aristocratic family, the Mayr-Melnhofs – holds lucrative contracts with household names such as Kellogg’s and Unilever.

Unite Senior Scottish Organiser Roz Foyer said, “Unite has been left with no option but to forcefully counter against this rogue employer.  We will simply not stand by and let workers in this country be treated with such contempt.

Those involved with MMP need to know the type of business they are associating themselves with and the general public need to know of the suppression of workers and their basic employment rights in 21st century Britain.

We’re not going to go away on this. We will demonstrate at all businesses associated either directly or indirectly with MMP in the UK and Ireland for as long as the company refuses to negotiate in good faith.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors: Unite activists will demonstrate tomorrow morning and afternoon at a number of supermarket sites in the west-end of Glasgow. For further information please contact the Unite Scotland Organising Unit on 07890762186 or Peter Welsh in the Unite Scotland Campaigns Unit on 07810157931.

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