Strikes start over pottery pay row

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Denby Pottery staff are set to stage a picket outside the company’s flagship Derby Road production site next week after pay talks broke down.

Workers from the ceramics firm held their first walkout on Wednesday, July 31 at the company’s distribution site in Bemrose Park, in Wayzgoose Drive, Chaddesden.

They decided to take action after Unity claimed 180 members at Denby have been offered little or no pay rise for five years, despite being asked to hit strict targets.

Ninety per cent of Denby staff voted “yes” to industrial action. Employees are facing a pay freeze this year but have been offered a productivity bonus of £100, payable in March next year, if they hit their targets.

Unity general secretary Harry Hockaday said: “ said: “Industrial action is always the last resort but the company’s flat refusal not to give a pay rise left us with very little option.

“That said, we are always willing to return to the negotiating table and I hope this action will send a message to the management about how strongly to workers feel.”

A further strike could take place at Denby if the matter is not resolved on Tuesday, August 20.

In a statement, Denby said: “It is with regret that the management are unable to offer a pay increase this year. Employees, who have received increases of 4.5 per cent over a 32-month period from 2010, rejected the company’s offer of a one-off payment on achievement of financial targets.

“The company was prepared to continue with this payment provided no industrial action took place.”