After an overwhelming majority of balloted workers backed strike action, private equity pirate Mike Dolan threatened to shut down Butler and Tanner Printers Ltd.
First of all he claimed the original ballot was rigged, then he went ahead with an unofficial ballot, which was shunned by unionised staff – and when it was certain that the strike was going to proceed as planned on Wednesday he threatened to sack all of them, even though negotiations were ongoing at ACAS.
On Saturday, all 287 workers recieved letters informing them they were sacked with immediate effect, as the company has been put into recievership and they will not be paid the wages they are owed!
From the BBC website:
The news came as negotiations between the Unite union and Butler and Tanner were taking place at conciliation service ACAS in Bristol.
Unite said an average salary of £1,200 was due to each employee this month.
The letters received by staff stated that the company was “unable to invoice sufficient work to pay this month’s wages” and that “strict security” had been imposed at the site.
Sounds like a big “fuck off” to the people who have built the business up from the pirates who bought it last year.
Dolan is a particularly obnoxious character, damned by his own words:
Chairman, Mike Dolan, said: “Shareholders were unwilling to pour good money down what they consider to be a drain and they declined to make further funding available.
“Their [the union’s] miscalculation has cost 300 people their jobs and sadly, 100 of those people were not even in the union
But, erm – you’re the one shutting up shop, Mike… Haven’t you just sacked 300 people because you wouldn’t continue negotiating with their union? They’ll be mad at you, hence the “strict security”.
“The union has shown utter contempt for its own members and Butler & Tanner by unnecessarily publicising their strike threat in a crass attempt to exert pressure on the company.
Gee, Mike – why else would workers go on strike? The withdrawal of labour is done precisely to exert pressure on employers. It’s not crass, it’s the whole fucking point!
Mr Dolan said if the threat of industrial action had been lifted MPI would have funded the business through what is traditionally a quiet time for Butler and Tanner. […]
National officer for Unite Ann Field said: “Unite will be demanding recompense in full from the perpetrators of this despicable act sacrificing people’s jobs and livelihoods.
“Mike Dolan and former boss Andrew Hillman should be called to account for what they have done to the workers’ jobs, their pensions and their community.”
The management was still at the debating table on Friday and gave no indication the company was about to be closed, Ms Field said.