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Barbour strike staff accept revised deal

Barbour warehouse employees have called off a strike over proposed changes to their contracts, after the company offered a revised deal.

The dispute began after the Northeast-based heritage brand decided to introduce a two-shift system at its Gateshead distribution warehouse. Unite claims the company offered the team a new contract requiring them to work until 11pm without unsocial pay.

But Barbour told Drapers that under the new terms, staff would only work until 10.30pm and a shuttle bus would be provided.

It also offered a 10% pay rise.

An initial strike took place on December 17 to 23, but subsequent talks held in an attempt to avoid any further action failed, leading the union to declare a second round of industrial action.

About 70 employees took part in the latest strike, which was called off on January 13.


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