Future job security at Suffolk book printer, Clays, is the top priority for Unite, the country’s largest union, following the announcement of the sale today (Tuesday 1 May) to Italian printing giant Elcograf.

Unite reps were today in negotiations with senior management to ensure continuing job security for the workforce and the future of the Bungay operation.

Unite regional officer Mark Walker said: "Clays is the heart of the local community in Bungay and Unite members are the heart of Clays.

"This is a highly skilled and loyal workforce that is understandably concerned about job security following today’s announcement.

“The future security of their jobs is Unite’s paramount concern, along with the future of the Bungay site. Our reps are today strongly making the case for guarantees that there will be no job losses.

“We will be able to comment more fully as the situation becomes clearer.”

Unite has about 500 members at Clays and represents the majority of the workforce.


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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.