No-one from the GPMU
could be contacted for comment on the closure last night.
(They were the transport and general workers TGWU, the steel workers ISTC, the train drivers ASLEF, the GPMU
, NACODS and the RMT.) The general reluctance publicly to do so had several causes.
Tony Dubbins, GPMU
General Secretary, said: 'This is an outstanding result and on behalf of the executive council, and myself personally, I would like to thank our branches and members for their support.' Derek Simpson, Amicus General Secretary, said: 'This decision of GPMU
members is excellent news for British industrial relations.
He is currently Imperial Father of the Chapel of the GPMU
printers union, as he works for printing firm Field Packaging in Bradford and has been in the industry for many years.
But last night full-time officer for GPMU
Phil Morgan said: ``The union is getting increasingly concerned about what is happening at Oakenholt.
But, as I heard from a young man trying to organise for the print union GPMU
, agencies do not like unions and will go to any lengths to prevent them gaining a toehold.
The GMB, KFAT, GPMU
and T&G unions will meet on July 22 to set a timetable for the ballot on industrial action.
Jim Friel - president of the printers' union the GPMU
- said Mr Souter was "an anti-trade union bigot."
These included: decision at the union's annual conference (UCATT); branch ballots (MSF); 'consultation ballots' in a selected number of branches (TGWU); branch consultation supplemented by a postal ballot of a random membership sample (AEEU); workplace ballots (GPMU
); workplace ballots with a postal back-up (GMB); and a full postal ballot of all political levy-paying members (NUPE).
The company had been involved in a bitter round of strikes and large scale redundancies previously but had granted the GPMU
voluntary recognition rights.
It made 70 workers redundant last week, and the GPMU
is still keen to see if any of those positions can be saved, said union organiser, Kathy Brooks.