J Barbour and Sons Ltd – which makes the world famous wax jackets worn by royalty and A-list celebrities – is attacking Unite members' working conditions.
The Gateshead company, which prides itself on its ‘family values’ wants to force through changes to workers' contracts. The changes include the removal of the unsocial hours payment and the introduction of a requirement to work until 23:00 at night.
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 Friday 30 January.
The company’s anti-family tactics must stop here!
Workers kicked off four weeks of strike action on Monday 5 January – and want to make it absolutely clear to Barbour that they will do everything in their power to resist the changes. Unite is calling for Barbour management to live up to the company’s ‘family friendly’ values and negotiate a fair deal for its loyal workforce.
What you can do to help
Support workers in their fight – please send messages of support and solidarity to Fazia Hussain-Brown or if you are on Twitter then tweet @unitetheunion.org using the #barbour hashtag. And, if you can, visit the Gateshead picket line from 07:30 to 13:00 every day (Monday - Friday). Solidarity visits to the picket lines at the following address: Unit 13 and 14, at Follingsby Park, Wardley, Gateshead, NE10 8YG.
Thank you for your support
Unite members will take continuous strike action from Monday 5 January to Friday 30 January.This follows four days of rock solid strike action before Christmas.