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Prisme workers win funding for jobs
"After 51 days, we the workers at the Dundee Prisme factory have decided to end our occupation. The reason we have taken this decision is that it looks like we have secured funding to take our co-op venture forward and save the jobs that we thought had gone.
Our occupation began to secure our redundancy payments and other money that was denied to us by our employer when we were sacked. During the occupation we also decided to fight to safeguard our jobs because we believed there was a viable business, even if our predecessors did not.
It looks like we have achieved this aim. A new company Discovery Packaging and Design Ltd is going to be launched on 1 May 2009.
This victory would not have been possible if it had not been for the support we have had from the general public, trade unionists, socialists and many others. This support and solidarity has been overwhelming and has helped give us the energy and determination to carry on for more than seven weeks.
We said at the beginning of this that we were little people who had refused to be little anymore. We are proud of what we have achieved and our dignity is intact. We showed we would not be walked over by an uncaring employer.
We want to thank all those who have supported our struggle over the last 51 days, your support has been invaluable. Thanks once again to you all."
In The Socialist 29 April 2009:
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