UK: Wool Textile Workers May Strike Over Pay
Britain's wool textile workers could strike after they rejected a "derisory" 1.5 per cent pay offer and agreed to a ballot on industrial action.
Members of the Transport & General Workers' Union threw out the offer from the Confederation of British Wool Textiles' and said in a statement they would now organise a vote to decide on possible strike action.
Senior union negotiator, Peter Booth, said: "This decision by members to reject yet another low wage increase from the wool textile employers reflects many years of frustration by workers in the industry who have consistently received lower wage increases and improvements in their terms of employment in comparison to other groups of textile workers and manufacturing workers in general.
"Following the many difficulties and hardships suffered by workers in this industry a 1.5 per cent offer on what are already generally lower levels of earnings is nothing less than derisory."
"In addition to this, the employers were not even prepared to consider improvements in holidays, sick pay or family-friendly working policies.
He continued: "Furthermore this group of employers have refused to provide an additional day of holiday in respect of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and effectively expect workers in this industry to take that Public Holiday out of their own existing holiday entitlement.
"The T&G has long argued that textile workers are entitled to much better terms of employment and will be firmly recommending that members vote in favour of taking industrial action in support of a better future for themselves."
Help test our new apparel sourcing tool.
- What TTIP might mean for US, EU textiles & apparel
- Four steps to reduce product defects
- Geo-political uncertainty and how to survive it
- Adidas raises the bar for North America sales
- Finding value in fashion retail reverse logistics
- H&M, VF Corp and Levi among most ethical companies
- PVH Corp to acquire e-commerce retailer True&Co
- US Q4 in brief – Destination XL Group, Caleres
- Vietnam limits hazardous chemicals in apparel
- Target unveils "ambitious" store re-design plans
- Central and East Europe Report Package
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective