Steelworks strike over pay freeze

News'Eric Pickles MP visits Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham with James Newman who is chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership
News'Eric Pickles MP visits Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham with James Newman who is chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership
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SHOP floor workers at a South Yorkshire steel rod and wire factory have walked out for days in a dispute over pay.

Fifty staff at BRC Barnsley, who are members of the Community steel workers’ union, are taking part in the strike after being refused a pay rise for a second year running.

The strike at the firm, based on Whaley Road, Barugh, started on Thursday and is due to continue until Tuesday.

It is to be followed by a work to rule and overtime ban.

The factory does not operate over the weekend.

Community’s regional officer, Phil Sullivan, said: “We have done everything to avoid this dispute but management refuse to budge. Our members feel that after two years of zero pay rise enough is enough.”

BRC Barnsley produce a range of steel rod and wire manufacture and the employees involved are all shop floor workers.

Pay rises are normally due in January of each year – but the last was in January 2009.

The company was unavailable for comment.