Barbour maker hit by strike

LUXURY outdoor clothing brand Barbour has failed to avoid strike action by employees at its warehouse in Gateshead over a change to working hours.

A group of 65 of the company’s 160 staff there have begun a series of daily walkouts against new shift patterns, due to come into effect in March this year. Managing director Steve Buck said Barbour is “very disapp­ointed” not to have reached an agreement, despite offering a 10 per cent pay rise. Orders and distribution will not be affected, he added.