Mid Wales

Gomer Press: 16 Llandysul workers go on half-day strike

Gomer Press
Image caption The company says bullying allegations are unfounded

A half-day strike has been held at a publishing company in protest at pay conditions and disputed allegations of a "culture of bullying and harassment".

The Unite union said 16 people went on strike at Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion, after claiming a pay award was imposed with no negotiations.

Gomer said the claims were unfounded and its conditions were "comparable to the best available in the industry".

It said it had no reports of bullying or harassment from any employee.

The 16 union members did not return to work after lunch on Wednesday.

The union said that if no settlement was reached, two more half-day strikes would be held, followed by nine 24-hour strikes on Wednesdays for the next 12 weeks.

Unite regional officer David Lewis said: "The unanimous support for action is testament to the terrible treatment that our members have been on the receiving end of.

"Members are making it loud and clear to the company that enough is enough. The culture of bullying and harassment of union members has to stop."

Gomer Press publishes books about Wales in Welsh and English.

Jonathan Lewis, the managing director, said the "terms and conditions at Gomer are comparable to the best available in the industry".

He said the company gave a 2% pay rise in May and was prepared to give an additional performance-related payment at the end of the financial year.

He added: "The management team have not received any claims of bullying or harassment from any employee so the claims are completely unfounded.

"We treat all staff fairly and equally, and will deal with any proven instances of bullying within our disciplinary procedure."

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