Month-long strike at coat manufacturer Barbour

Month-long strike at coat manufacturer Barbour

British coat manufacturer Barbour may face a month-long strike, as employees have decided to go on strike today. The company had unilaterally changed a number of items in its employees's contracts, which has now been met by resistance.

"Anti-family"

For at least three weeks, the employees will not work in the morning, which means that clothing deliveries may become intermittent.  Some of its clients include high-profile customers like Harrods, Harvey Nichols and John Lewis.

 

Contract alterations are the cause for the strike: employees will no longer receive bonuses for night work and they will now be forced to work until 11 in the evening. If employees refuse to sign the new contract by 30 January, they will be fired.

 

"Barbour’s sign or be sacked ultimatum is bullying and anti-family. Many of the workers struggling to get by on less than the living wage are the sole bread winner and have family or caring responsibilities. The company should not underestimate the resolve of the workforce nor the impact that four weeks of strike action will have on supplies”, Fazia Hussain-Brown, representative of Britain's largest union Unite, said.

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