Unite, the UK’s second largest Union, has demanded a meeting with WWF, the world’s leading environmental organisation, in a bid to prevent negative consequences on workers in print industry from WWF’s announcement of unprintable file format. Unite has written to WWF for an immediate meeting on this issue with Unite and representatives from Print industry.
Earlier in December 2010, WWF announced its .wwf file format in a bid to stop unnecessary printing and wastage of paper. The .wwf format is based on PDF but unprintable; however, Unite’s view is that WWF’s statements regarding the effects of printing on paper is misleading and general public may hesitate to use printed products or print documents onto paper in order to save trees. This could have detrimental impact on the papermaking, printing and paper recycling industries which provides employment for thousands of workers throughout the world.
WWF is considering its response to Unite’s demand on meeting.
In a separate development, Adobe has said that it will not support the new .wwf file extension.