Don't pick up a Penguin - publishers withdraw union recognition

Breanainn

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The iconic publishing company, famous for originally providing a wide range of high-quality paperbacks at knockdown prices, risk provoking a strong political reaction after withdrawing recognition from Unite and the NUJ at their London sites. With reported profits of £550m last year, the action doesn't seem to have been motivated by cost efficiencies, and given the wide plethora of publishing brands in the UK alone, Penguin can hardly afford to alienate the general reading public.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/16/redundancy-fears-as-penguin-random-house-derecognises-staff-unions
 


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The iconic publishing company, famous for originally providing a wide range of high-quality paperbacks at knockdown prices, risk provoking a strong political reaction after withdrawing recognition from Unite and the NUJ at their London sites. With reported profits of £550m last year, the action doesn't seem to have been motivated by cost efficiencies, and given the wide plethora of publishing brands in the UK alone, Penguin can hardly afford to alienate the general reading public.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/16/redundancy-fears-as-penguin-random-house-derecognises-staff-unions
Why would the move not be motivated by cost efficiences just because they are making a profit? Presumably they want a larger profit. As for your last point, it rather suggests they need to keep cutting costs if they want to make a profit at all with the competition apparently being fierce.
 

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Why would the move not be motivated by cost efficiences just because they are making a profit? Presumably they want a larger profit. As for your last point, it rather suggests they need to keep cutting costs if they want to make a profit at all with the competition apparently being fierce.
Apart from a small bunch of liberal luvvies who will give a f**k?
 

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The iconic publishing company, famous for originally providing a wide range of high-quality paperbacks at knockdown prices, risk provoking a strong political reaction after withdrawing recognition from Unite and the NUJ at their London sites. With reported profits of £550m last year, the action doesn't seem to have been motivated by cost efficiencies, and given the wide plethora of publishing brands in the UK alone, Penguin can hardly afford to alienate the general reading public.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/16/redundancy-fears-as-penguin-random-house-derecognises-staff-unions
Thanks - and in good time before I make my purchases.
 

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Sadly typical Trade Union reaction - try to destroy the company if their greedy demands are not met
 

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Apart from a small bunch of liberal luvvies who will give a f**k?
An individual consumer may have very little power over corporate practices, but collective actions have changed ethical standards in the past.
 

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Sadly typical Trade Union reaction - try to destroy the company if their greedy demands are not met
They haven't demanded anything - their staff were recognised as union members, and this was dropped by the company.
 

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An individual consumer may have very little power over corporate practices, but collective actions have changed ethical standards in the past.
What's unethical about not dealing with a trade union?
 

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They haven't demanded anything - their staff were recognised as union members, and this was dropped by the company.
Insiders at the company said staff had reacted with “shock, horror and anger” after group CEO Tom Weldon ended decades of strong industrial relations by announcing it would no longer recognise the unions at its London sites, after management failed to agree redundancy terms with representatives. The publisher still recognises Unite at its Frating, Grantham and Rugby sites.
 
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Sadly typical Trade Union reaction - try to destroy the company if their greedy demands are not met
The usual BS. Unions are well aware that the most successful parasites and bacteria actually rely on not destroying the life of their host.
 

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Random House union-busting.

Thats what happens when the Americans take you over.
 


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