We kept print plant alive, now we feel so let down by job losses

Essex County Standard: We kept print plant alive, now we feel so let down by job losses We kept print plant alive, now we feel so let down by job losses

UNION leaders have described the planned closure of a Colchester printing plant as “devastating news”.

Print giant Polestar, which has three plants in the town, has put about 85 workers on 30 days notice of redundancy.

It includes workers in the bindery and in one of the company’s two main print bases, on Severalls Industrial Park, where the M4000 printer is based.

Each employee affected was due to receive a redundancy notice in the post yesterday.

An emergency meeting will be held on Sunday to discuss the union’s official response to the announcement.

In an e-mail to chapel members, union chiefs told them: “It’s devastating news, especially coming so close to the festive period.

“However, we remain committed to ensure compulsory redundancies are kept to the absolute minimum.”

It is understood more work could become available at the company’s main Colchester press site, also on Severalls Industrial Park, which is unaffected by the redundancies.

If that is the case, six jobs would be created, including two printers, two assistants, one floater and one material handler.

A Polestar employee, who the Gazette has agreed not to name, said: “The mood is very down at the moment.

“We’ve taken pay cuts, we were told, to keep the company alive for five years, but we feel we’ve been let down by management.

“A lot of what people are feeling is anger at the way it’s been done. We knew this was coming, yes, but we didn’t expect it so soon.”

Bob Caley, managing director of Polestar in Colchester, has also told union bosses any employee who wants to apply for a job in a proposed new press at a site in the north should write to him personally.

It is not clear whether the M4000 press will be decommissioned or moved elsewhere.

If it moves, it is hoped Colchester staff are allowed to apply for work there.

The Colchester site prints women’s magazines Best and Now, as well as music magazine ý Closing – print firm Polestar in Colchester Kerrang.

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2:01pm Fri 20 Dec 13

HARRY438 says...

Print union chappels were demolished by Murdoch years ago.. Anyone with a computer can write,edit & print these days. Better to get into windmills or fracking,thats where the money is.
Hope this helps?
Print union chappels were demolished by Murdoch years ago.. Anyone with a computer can write,edit & print these days. Better to get into windmills or fracking,thats where the money is. Hope this helps? HARRY438

3:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stevedawson says...

You don't mean the papal knight three time divorcee roman catholic international press baron by any means.
You don't mean the papal knight three time divorcee roman catholic international press baron by any means. stevedawson

4:12pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Valid comment says...

It's a digital world and print is not a relevant as it used to be....I went through it myself, but did not blame the Company. They do what they have to do.
Do these idiot employees and Unions really think that employers want to lose money and make people redundant? Unions should be outlawed for trying to keep us in the "dark ages"
Lets not forget.... Without some hardworking person taking a risk and starting a Company, we would have NO JOBS at all.
It's a digital world and print is not a relevant as it used to be....I went through it myself, but did not blame the Company. They do what they have to do. Do these idiot employees and Unions really think that employers want to lose money and make people redundant? Unions should be outlawed for trying to keep us in the "dark ages" Lets not forget.... Without some hardworking person taking a risk and starting a Company, we would have NO JOBS at all. Valid comment

8:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Dak1956 says...

Regarding Valid comment post! I guess you have always been on your own and will carry on being on your own! Unions and Dark ages? Wake up we are now in The opposite of Dark Ages on behalf of Employers attitudes! Zero working hours in a trade that was a craft! If this now is your Ideal vision perhaps you would be happy to take the risk of being stuck up the chimney or allow as you said let the company do what they have to do? You should never have been in Print/ let alone have a spine!
Regarding Valid comment post! I guess you have always been on your own and will carry on being on your own! Unions and Dark ages? Wake up we are now in The opposite of Dark Ages on behalf of Employers attitudes! Zero working hours in a trade that was a craft! If this now is your Ideal vision perhaps you would be happy to take the risk of being stuck up the chimney or allow as you said let the company do what they have to do? You should never have been in Print/ let alone have a spine! Dak1956

8:04am Sat 21 Dec 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Valid comment wrote:
It's a digital world and print is not a relevant as it used to be....I went through it myself, but did not blame the Company. They do what they have to do.
Do these idiot employees and Unions really think that employers want to lose money and make people redundant? Unions should be outlawed for trying to keep us in the "dark ages"
Lets not forget.... Without some hardworking person taking a risk and starting a Company, we would have NO JOBS at all.
It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Quite right, unions need to be banned by any idea of democracy, what have they ever done? OK, the lilly-livered liberal left will point to 8 year old kids not being forced out to work in dangerous conditions, shorter working days, holidays, and all these other restrictions on the wealth creators. Unless their parents can afford to pay for it, why should kids be in school? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is, my taxes going on plebs' education. My taxes should only be going on useful things, like the replacement of Trident, corporate tax breaks, and Freddy Godwin's pension. But as you say, it's the unions who are to blame for this dark age of kids living off my back, and not actually earning a living for themselves. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
[quote][p][bold]Valid comment[/bold] wrote: It's a digital world and print is not a relevant as it used to be....I went through it myself, but did not blame the Company. They do what they have to do. Do these idiot employees and Unions really think that employers want to lose money and make people redundant? Unions should be outlawed for trying to keep us in the "dark ages" Lets not forget.... Without some hardworking person taking a risk and starting a Company, we would have NO JOBS at all.[/p][/quote]It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Quite right, unions need to be banned by any idea of democracy, what have they ever done? OK, the lilly-livered liberal left will point to 8 year old kids not being forced out to work in dangerous conditions, shorter working days, holidays, and all these other restrictions on the wealth creators. Unless their parents can afford to pay for it, why should kids be in school? It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is, my taxes going on plebs' education. My taxes should only be going on useful things, like the replacement of Trident, corporate tax breaks, and Freddy Godwin's pension. But as you say, it's the unions who are to blame for this dark age of kids living off my back, and not actually earning a living for themselves. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Mail Member 4 Colchester

8:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

I should have pointed out that the unions are also to blame for the fact we know about the scandal at the hospital, because members of UNISON blew the whistle. So they're even to blame for that, because if we didn't know about it there would be no scandal, we'd have no reason to be worried, and rich, important, people, would still have their very well paid jobs. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is.
I should have pointed out that the unions are also to blame for the fact we know about the scandal at the hospital, because members of UNISON blew the whistle. So they're even to blame for that, because if we didn't know about it there would be no scandal, we'd have no reason to be worried, and rich, important, people, would still have their very well paid jobs. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Mail Member 4 Colchester

7:07pm Sat 21 Dec 13

25414nora says...

Dak1956 wrote:
Regarding Valid comment post! I guess you have always been on your own and will carry on being on your own! Unions and Dark ages? Wake up we are now in The opposite of Dark Ages on behalf of Employers attitudes! Zero working hours in a trade that was a craft! If this now is your Ideal vision perhaps you would be happy to take the risk of being stuck up the chimney or allow as you said let the company do what they have to do? You should never have been in Print/ let alone have a spine!
Good Comment, and is appreciated by those who are worldly wise.
'Of course' there will always be the lesser mortals who live in Blissful Ignorance, and who like to advertise the fact on this forum..
[quote][p][bold]Dak1956[/bold] wrote: Regarding Valid comment post! I guess you have always been on your own and will carry on being on your own! Unions and Dark ages? Wake up we are now in The opposite of Dark Ages on behalf of Employers attitudes! Zero working hours in a trade that was a craft! If this now is your Ideal vision perhaps you would be happy to take the risk of being stuck up the chimney or allow as you said let the company do what they have to do? You should never have been in Print/ let alone have a spine![/p][/quote]Good Comment, and is appreciated by those who are worldly wise. 'Of course' there will always be the lesser mortals who live in Blissful Ignorance, and who like to advertise the fact on this forum.. 25414nora

3:44pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Dak1956 says...

Many Thanks 25414 Nora hopefully he might see sense but then again?
Having worked at Polestar and experienced what The Chapel was about we were mainly singing off the same Hymn sheet, therefore we were a body to be respected by eachother and Management! I guess Valid Comment now thinks we had a Choral Society within the firm!
Many Thanks 25414 Nora hopefully he might see sense but then again? Having worked at Polestar and experienced what The Chapel was about we were mainly singing off the same Hymn sheet, therefore we were a body to be respected by eachother and Management! I guess Valid Comment now thinks we had a Choral Society within the firm! Dak1956

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