Barbour strike over as workers accept new deal

Barbour workers strike march, supported by MP's Stephen Hepburn and Emma Lewell-Buck
Barbour workers strike march, supported by MP's Stephen Hepburn and Emma Lewell-Buck

WORKERS at a South Tyneside clothing firm are expected to head back to work tomorrow after a deal was finally reached over new contracts.

Members of the Unite union kicked off what was to be a month of strike action against their employers J Barbour and Sons last Monday.

The warehouse workers were unhappy at a change in their contracts which they said would see the removal of unsocial hours payments, and the requirement to work until 11pm.

The company, which is based on the Simonside Industrial Estate, South Shields, said the new proposed shift pattern would be from 7am to 3pm and 2.30pm to 10.30pm, and that the deal offers workers substantial pay rises.

Following talks with ACAS on Monday a new deal was put forward to workers in a secret ballot yesterday and it was accepted.

The development is expected to see workers go back to work tomorrow ending the industrial action.