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Strike action kicks off against South Tyneside based clothing firm Barbour

Factory workers have kicked off four weeks of strike action in a row over contracts proposed by a South Tyneside based clothing firm.

Warehouse staff at the clothing firm J Barbour and Sons had hoped the start of the new year would bring fresh negotiations to avoid industrial action.

However, according to Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown no communication has been forthcoming and workers took their place on the picket line, yesterday.

The row is being taken by members of the Unite union who are unhappy at changes to their contracts which, they say, will see the removal of unsocial hours payments, and the requirement to work until 11pm.

The company says the new proposed shift pattern would be 7am to 3pm and 2.30pm to 10.30pm, and no one was available to comment on the industrial action.

The dispute centres on the firm’s warehouses in Wardley, Gateshead, and involves 134 of its 600 North East workers.

Source – Shields Gazette, 05 Jan 2015

Gateshead : Barbour staff set for four-week strike

Workers at one of South Tyneside’s longest-established firms are set to walk out in a row over new contracts.

Warehouse staff at the clothing firm J Barbour and Sons will embark on a four-week strike action from Monday.

The action is being taken by members of the Unite union who are unhappy at changes to their contracts which, they say, will see the removal of unsocial hours payments, and the requirement to work until 11pm.

The company says the new proposed shift pattern would be 7am to 3pm and 2.30pm to 10.30pm, but no one was available to comment on the industrial action.

The dispute centres on the firm’s warehouses in Wardley, Gateshead, and involves 134 of its 600 North East workers.

The three-week strike follows a six-day stoppage in the run-up to Christmas.

Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown said:

“Many of the workers struggling to get by on less than the living wage and are the sole breadwinner with family or caring responsibilities.

“For a company that prides itself on ‘family values’ to seek to railroad through cuts and unsocial changes to contracts is hypocrisy of the highest order.

“The company should not underestimate the resolve of the workforce or the impact that four weeks of strike action will have on supplies.

“Barbour management need to negotiate a fair deal for its workforce.”

Barbour has been a successful family-run company for 120 years and its famous wax jackets are a favourite with showbusiness stars and the British Royal Family.

The threat of strike action has been a rarity for Barbour.

In November, 2007, industrial action was narrowly averted after machinists accepted an improved 4.1 per cent pay increase.

Source –  Shields Gazette,  30 Dec 2014

 

She’s not got a ticket to ride – good work strikes on the Tube and beyond?

Now this is an idea I really like… especially as it would allow for a DWP ‘sanction strike’…

Cautiously pessimistic

The RMT, and London Underground staff in particular, have long had a reputation as being among the most militant groups of workers in the UK, so the news that tube workers are taking strike action isn’t hugely surprising in itself. What’s more interesting is the kind of action they’re taking: a revenue strike.

This term isn’t a widely used one, and they explain what it means here:

“…Revenue Control Inspectors

  • Do not issue penalty fares, fares paid, or assist in any duty or activity which involves revenue collection.

Station Supervisors

  • Must open the gates using the SCU – you MUST NOT power them down. Should there be a need to close the gates for crowd control, then you must comply with all relevant safety procedures and legislation.

  • Do not assist customers with ticket purchase at the front of POM/MFM.

  • Close all POMs and TOMs for customer use (to avoid…

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Tyne & Wear Metro Cleaners Win Low Pay Dispute

A long-running dispute which saw 19 days of strike action by cleaners working on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been resolved in the clearner’s favour.

Over the past 18 months, the staff, who are employed by Churchill Services, have fought bosses over minimum wage and workplace justice. and have now been offered a 5% rise over the next four years and an extra day’s leave from January 2014.

The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Bob Crow, said it was a “landmark victory”.


Mr Crow said:  “This pay deal, which lifts our cleaner members on this key North East transport contract  out of the shackles of the minimum wage and on the pathway to a living wage, is a breakthrough that will send out the clearest possible signal to low-paid workers throughout the land that if they fight, they can win.”