Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, is seeking urgent talks with the management of Poole-based Southernprint, following the announcement that the printer is to close with the loss of up to 179 jobs.

Unite, which has about 40 members at the plant, described the news as ‘a serious blow’ to the workers and their families, and, more widely, the local economy.

Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said: “I will be seeking an urgent meeting with management to discuss the business rationale behind this decision – and what can be done to save the site during the consultation period.

“We understand that the closure is being blamed on falling magazine volumes. The print industry across the UK has been struggling for some years because of the way consumers access reading material.

“This is a serious blow to our members, their families and, more generally, the regional economy.

“As a union, we will be giving our members maximum support during the coming days and weeks at what is a very grim time.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

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