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Print firm risks workers' anger at pay-off terms

WORKERS at a 170-year-old Dublin printing company are to be balloted for industrial action in a row over termination payments.

The trade union members at Brunswick Press Ltd, whose clients include Government departments, will vote on whether to picket the company.,

Shane McKean, secretary of the Dublin Printing Group of Unions, criticised Brunswick in the way it has handled the lay-offs of production workers.

It is understood between 17 and 22 staff are due to be made redundant on Friday.

Mr McKean said Brunswick is outsourcing its production department, while retaining other aspects of the company.

He said the union is in dispute with Brunswick over payments due to the workers when their jobs are terminated.

Mr McKean said one of the workers involved, a woman, has been with the company for 42 years.

The company did not comment on the situation.

Mr McKean said the union has told the affected staff to report for work as normal on Monday unless the row is resolved.

Brunswick's website states it is an independent family owned company that currently, employs 70 people.

Services offered include graphic design, drum scanning, computer to plate, lithographic offset full colour printing and print finishing.

Dublin city councillor Brid Smith said while she has not yet been contacted by the workers, she intends to look into the matter.

Cllr Smith, of the People Before Profit Alliance, is also a member of the Unite trade union, which represents some of the workers in Brunswick.

She told the Herald the Government should step in to resolve the row if the differences cannot be ironed out between the parties.

Among Brunswick's clients are the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

The department used the company for its Building Regulations 2008 document.