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Prisme workers save their jobs

Posted by Left Luggage on April 24, 2009

Workers who occupied the Prisme Packaging factory in Dundee for 51 days will end their occupation today, after saving their jobs. They anticipate they will sign a deal with a backer to allow them to set up a workers’ co-operative. A new company, Discovery Packaging and Design Ltd will be launched on May 1.

A statement from the workers said: “Our occupation began to secure our redundancy payments and other monies that were denied to us by our employer when we were sacked. However, during the occupation we also decided to fight to safeguard our jobs because we believed there was a viable business, even if our predecessors did not.

“This victory would not have been possible if it had not been for the support we have had from the general public, trade unionists, socialists and many others. This support and solidarity has been overwhelming and has helped give us the energy and determination to carry on for more than seven weeks.

“We said at the beginning of this that we were little people who had refused to be little anymore. We are proud of what we have achieved and our dignity is intact. We showed we would not be walked over by an uncaring employer. We want to thank all those who have supported our struggle over the last 51 days, your support has been invaluable. Thanks once again to you all.”

The Prisme workers will be leaving the factory together and united at 5pm today.

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