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Demo over sacking of print staff

Picket line at Butler and Tanner
Staff have maintained a picket at the site since last Saturday

A mass demonstration in support of sacked Somerset print workers is due to take place later.

The 287 staff at Frome-based Butler and Tanner received redundancy notices last Saturday. They are owed nearly 400,000 in wages and pensions contributions.

The company blames the difficulties on a threat by the trade union Unite to take strike action over new contracts.

A Unite spokeswoman said hundreds of its members were expected to take part in the protest in Frome.

National officer Anne Field said: "We are hoping that as many people as possible will attend the demonstration to support the sacked workers and their livelihood.

"B&T are the biggest firm in the town and have employed local people, including many families, for generations."

Staff have been maintaining a picket outside the firm since last Saturday.

Butler and Tanner's chairman Mike Dolan said parent company Media and Print Investments plc withdrew support for the business, which has annual sales of 35m, after unions announced strike plans.

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