Strike action goes on at Denby Pottery

Workers at Denby Pottery have staged three more days of industrial action in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Factory workers took part in the walk-outs at the firm’s Derby Road headquarters on August 14, 20 and 21. The staff, along with staff at Burleigh Pottery in Stoke, both part of Denby Holdings, are taking part in the action because they claim they have been offered little or in some cases no pay rise for five years, despite being asked to hit strict targets.

Harry Hockaday, of the Unity union, said: “The strength of feeling is as strong as it was on the first day we took the ballot.

“I am disappointed that there has been no response from the company to resolve this situation.”

Unity claims that 180 staff across all sites are involved in the pay dispute, following a 90 per cent “yes” vote to go out on strike.

Denby says there will be no pay rise for staff this year, but workers have been offered a productivity bonus of £100, payable in March next year, if they hit their targets.

According to the company, staff have received pay increases of 4.5 per cent over a 32-month period from 2010. However, Unity claims that an increase of two per cent was given in 2010 and 2.5 per cent in 2011.

The firm has also claimed that before the strike action on July 31, 25 per cent of warehouse staff resigned from Unity in order to continue working.

Mr Hockaday said: “We did have seven people pulled from the warehouse and five from the factory - out of total of 198 workers at the two sites. This is a very small percentage. We have applications from people wishing to join the union.”