Clothing manufacturer Martin Emprex International has been hit by industrial action.

More than 100 machinists at the company's factory at Sutton in Ashfield in North Nottinghamshire walked out in a dispute over pay. The machinists - members of the GMB union - rejected the company's offer of a two per cent pay rise.

The union says nearly 75 per cent of the workers took part in the strike - 120 out of a total of 170. Plans had been drawn up for a second strike on Thursday this week (July 17) but the action has been suspended pending further talks with the company on Wednesday (July 16).

The company makes ladies', men's and children's wear. Customers include major retailers like Marks and Spencer.

By Clive Hinchliffe