Polestar Colchester staff in 30-day consultation

By Simon Nias, Wednesday 18 December 2013

Be the first to comment

Polestar has confirmed that it has entered a 30-day consultation with a number of staff at its Colchester web offset site.


Polestar Colchester

The consultation, which started on 16 December, is believed to result from the £50m upgrade to the group's web offset platform, which includes two 96pp Sunday 5000, two 64pp Sunday 4000 and a pair of 16pp M600 presses, all from Goss.

In addition to the new presses, the web re-equip will see kit from Polestar Colchester relocated elsewhere within the group, including the site's M4000 - which is believed to be destined for Bicester or Chantry - and one or two Ferag binding lines.

Polestar Group chief executive Barry Hibbert confirmed that the group was in consultation with a number of staff at Colchester but said an agreement with Unite precluded him from confirming specifics.

However, according to local newspaper the Colchester Gazette, around 85 jobs are being affected, which PrintWeek understands includes 20 pressroom staff with the balance from the bindery.

The consultation comes just under two years after Polestar proposed the closure of the Colchester site, in January 2012, in the face of increasing manufacturing costs and the negative outlook for the European web offset market.

The site was granted a reprieve in March 2012 after staff agreed to a raft of changes, including a reduction in working hours, a pay cut, flat rate overtime pay and a "slight" reduction in holiday entitlement.

Share this

Related headlines

Polestar web offset plans 'on track'
31 October 2013

Polestar appears to have decided on the main location for its new web presses.

Polestar plans for new webs take shape
12 September 2013

Polestar is set to confirm the chosen location for the first tranche of its new web presses next month....

Polestar confirms plans for mega web spend
02 April 2013

Polestar has announced plans for a £50m spend on new web offset kit, including the first 96pp commercial...

Polestar to keep Colchester site open
08 March 2012

Around 300 jobs have been saved after Polestar withdrew plans to close its Colchester web offset plant....

Colchester MP wades into Polestar closure proposal
12 January 2012

The MP for Colchester Sir Bob Russell has waded in on the consultation over closure at the local Polestar...

Polestar proposes Colchester closure
06 January 2012

Polestar has entered into consultation with employees at its Colchester web offset plant over the proposed...

This Issue

Latest comments