Last Saturday a fantastic demonstration through central Cambridge launched the campaign to save jobs at Cambridge University Press (CUP).
The 350-strong protest of workers at the Press and their supporters showed the anger and disgust felt at the university bosses’ decision to lay off 160 workers from across the printing and publishing divisions.
CUP management even closed down the Press bookshop in town, which shows that the bosses are now feeling some unease about the situation they have provoked.
The campaign has won broad support. Local MP David Howarth and the Labour MEP Richard Howitt addressed the rally promising they would do all they could to reverse the decision to wind down printing in Cambridge.
Workers at the Press have already sacrificed their final salary pensions and flexitime. Now they are being asked to save the profitability of the Press by sacrificing their own jobs.