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Nearly 300 Jobs Lost As Frome's Biggest Employer Shuts - 7336/12000
Written by Lee on Monday, 28th April 2008

All 287 staff at Butler and Tanner Printers, Frome's biggest employer, have lost their jobs after a shock decision by bosses this weekend to close operations immediately (links below.)

The news came as negotiations between the union Unite and Butler and Tanner were taking place at conciliation service ACAS in Bristol.

Unite said an average salary of

Re: Nearly 300 Jobs Lost As Frome's Biggest Employer Shuts - 7336/12025
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 30th April 2008

Printers have vowed to fight the management behind their redundancies all the way to the courts in a battle to reclaim unpaid wages and pension contributions (link below.)

More than 300 workers from the Butler and Tanner printing factory in Frome turned out for a crisis meeting at the town's football club to decide on an action plan.

Printers have been picketing at the Caxton Road site since workers turned up for weekend shifts only to find gates padlocked and security guards patrolling the grounds.

Re: Nearly 300 Jobs Lost As Frome's Biggest Employer Shuts - 7336/12067
Written by Lee on Thursday, 1st May 2008

A taskforce is being launched to help the 287 Butler & Tanner workers who are without work after the weekend's bombshell announcement. Overseen by Mendip District Council, the taskforce will consist of a range of organisations and will aim to support and advise the redundant workers (link below.)

The council said its primary aim was to get the laid-off employees back into work as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, staff at Frome's Jobcentre Plus and local recruitment agencies have vowed to pull out all the stops to help the workers.

The Jobcentre is believed to have seen more than 100 workers, and staff said they were working hard to help people with benefits and suitable vacancies.

Recruitment companies have put together packages to help staff to find work.

Ewen Alcorn, of Biznus Solutions in King Street, said it would be putting on sessions for former B &T workers.

Other agencies, including ESRecruitment and Bridge Recruitment, have also vowed to help staff.

Somerton and Frome MP David Heath has called for an emergency Commons debate on the issue, but the Speaker, Michael Martin, said it was not appropriate for discussion by the House (link below.)

Re: Nearly 300 Jobs Lost As Frome's Biggest Employer Shuts - 7336/12100
Written by Lee on Saturday, 3rd May 2008

Strife-torn Frome printer Butler and Tanner is said by a former manager to have recently had a full order book.

Bill Davies hit out at company bosses as hundreds of sacked workers staged a mass demonstration in Somerset yesterday.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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