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Haldane Fisher Newry staff vote in favour of strike action

Staff at the Newry branch of building supplies company Haldane Fisher have voted to strike in a row over pay, the Trade union Unite has revealed.

Workers at the branch, which employs fifty people, have balloted in favour of industrial action over an “unreasonable pay increase” offer of 2.25 per cent.

The industrial action will involve a ban on overtime work and 12 days of strike action. Unite regional officer Sean Smyth described the offer of 2.25 per cent put forward by the management as “measly”, saying it “fails to reflect the reality that workers have endured years of below inflation pay increases and pay freezes in order to safeguard the future of the company in difficult times”.

“On a ballot with a turnout of 40 workers, workers voted for strike action with a majority of 90% in pursuit of the demand of a decent pay increase,” he said.

“Now that Haldane Fisher is enjoying increased profits on a substantially increased turnover, it is time that the workforce’s productivity and contribution are recognised with a real cost-of-living pay increase.”

A spokesman for the firm said the company is continuing “to engage with employee representatives in an effort to agree a solution” and to comment any further would not be appropriate.