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Issue #1545      2 May 2012

Unite officials take fight to “ugly” MMP

British trade union Unite has taken the fight for Bootle’s workers to Vienna with a protest outside the city’s Grand Hotel, where Mayr-Melnhof Packaging (MMP) is holding its shareholders’ meeting.

The callous transnational sacked all 149 non-management and admin staff and shut the Bootle site down last month after workers launched industrial action to defend 49 jobs that were threatened.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has demanded that MMP management meet him “urgently” to address the appalling way the Bootle workforce was treated, but the firm’s bosses have consistently refused to talk to the union.

Unite national officer Ian Tonks said: “Vienna is a beautiful city but what MMP has done to its workers is simply ugly. We will shout from the rooftops how abysmally this Austrian company has treated its workers.”

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