Wednesday, March 13 14:32:32
Over 50 workers at WebPrint in Cork are calling on management at the Examiner and Evening Echo newspapers to engage in talks about reviving the print contract which the firm held for the past seven years.
The workers are being supported by the UNITE trade union of which most of the 50 workers are members.
When the Examiner went into and straight out of receivership last week, WebPrint's contract was ended with no notice and workers have been placed on short time from this week. Many now are in fear of losing their jobs.
"The contract was torn up and the printing of the papers moved to Dublin and the Irish Times," said UNITE Regional Officer, Brendan Byrne. "The Examiner has a long history and affinity to Cork and we are calling on management to talk to WebPrint about how the contract can be reinstated, even if at a reduced rate."
"Local representatives and local people should also lend their weight to this campaign. If 50 jobs are lost it will be a blow to the whole Cork community and it can be avoided."