Unite members on strike for six days over changes that will see them forced to work until 11pm

BarbourUnite members working for Barbour today begin their second day on strike over changes in their contracts that will require them to work until 11pm.

The strikers, who are taking six day’s action, have been threatened with being banned from attending the firm’s Christmas party

The workers are angry over the company’s attacks on their terms and conditions designed to put them on similar terms to temporary workers and a total disregard of the impact the changes will have on workers with caring responsibilities.

Accusing the company of hypocrisy, the workers pointed to Barbour’s mission statement to build a business honouring ‘family values’ and its core values of building ‘effective working relationships’ based on ‘respect’ while supporting workers to work ‘collectively towards common goals.’

Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown said: “The spiteful behaviour of Barbour to ban workers taking industrial action from their Christmas party sums the company’s attitude up.

“Staff have worked hard to make the Barbour brand a global success and feel betrayed by the attacks on terms and conditions which are designed to squeeze out yet more profit.

“They are actions that Scrooge would be proud of and show a total disregard for people with caring responsibilities. Barbour needs to enter the Christmas spirit and negotiate a fair deal for its workforce.”

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