Art staff go on strikeBy Lucy Allen
May 30, 2008
Staff at art materials firm Daler Rowney will strike tomorrow (Friday) over a below-inflation pay rise.
Workers at the company's head office, factory and warehouse in Doncastle Road in Bracknell's Southern Industrial Area will walk out for 24 hours from 00.01am on Friday to 00.01am on Saturday.
The strike follows a 2.1 per cent pay offer that staff rejected on Friday, May 16. Latest figures show inflation at three per cent.
The overwhelming vote means strike action will follow, although a date for it will not be decided until the union meets shop stewards in the next few days.
The vote was organised by trade union Unite, which represents 70 staff involved in the warehouse and the paint production side of the business.
The ballot was held over a two-week period and ended with 93 per cent of members rejecting the offer and six per cent accepting it.
Bob Middleton, senior regional industrial organiser for Unite, said the issue of pay for 2008 – which will need to be backdated when an agreement is reached – had been rumbling on for two or three months.
He said: “We are seeking a pay rise which would keep our members’ pay in line with the current rate of inflation.
“Union members are extremely disappointed that their employer is not prepared to recognise the high cost of living in the area in which they live and work. The fact is, if these workers want a living wage to support them and their family, then they have to do significant overtime.”