Over 40 workers at the shop fitters HMY Radford were taking part in a strongly supported 24 hour strike today (Thursday 14 July 2016) over the firm’s refusal to offer a pay rise to staff.
The workers based in Burnopfield, Newcastle who are members of Britain’s largest union, Unite are also working to rule and refusing to do overtime. The industrial action follows a refusal by the company, which produces shelving units and shop fittings for companies like Tesco and Vodafone, to make any sort of pay offer for 2016.
Unite regional officer Mark Sanderson said: “Following disappointing meetings with the company the membership felt they had no other option than to take industrial action over their claim.
“The refusal of the company to recognise the hard work of its workforce with a pay rise is unacceptable. After seeing their pay eroded over the year in real terms, our members are determined to secure a realistic pay rise.
“We would urge the company to enter into meaning negotiations to avoid the disruption of further industrial action.”
For further information please contact Mark Sanderson on 07718 666524 or Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.