Unite members begin action over ‘sign or be sacked contracts

UnknownUnite members working for Barbour today begin a four-week strike after being issued with ‘sign or be sacked’ contracts that would force them to work until 11pm.

The Gateshead company, which prides itself on ‘family values’, was accused by the union of being ‘anti-family’ as workers on less than the Living Wage, many with family and caring responsibilities, face being sacked if they don’t sign up to the new contracts by 30 January.

The strike follows a six day stoppage earlier in December and will see Unite members striking from 07:3am to 1pm from today until January 30th.

Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown said: “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.

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

“The company should not underestimate the resolve of the workforce nor the impact that four weeks of strike action will have on supplies.

“Barbour management need to live up to the company’s ‘family friendly’ values and negotiate a fair deal for its workforce.”

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