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Workers at Barbour begin six-day strike

Workers at a Barbour warehouse in Gateshead today began a six-day strike.

The staff at the jacket-maker's factory, in South Shields, are not on strike. The action in Gateshead is over changes to working conditions. According to the Unite union, it comes after changes to the workers' contracts that mean they now have to work until 11pm without any longer receiving an unsocial hours payment.

Staff are striking from 7.30am to 1.30pm today, Friday 19 December, Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Monday 5 January and Tuesday 6 January.

Barbour have not yet commented on the strike.

Barbour announces plans for more jobs

A North East clothing manufacturer has announced plans to take on sixty workers, boosting employment in the area.

The clothing company Barbour will offer the positions at its factory in South Tyneside as the company expands.

Staff working at the Barbour academy Credit: ITV News

Jobs on offer include working as machinists - who make the word famous Barbour wax jackets - and the firm will hold a recruitment fair later this month.

Barbour now exports to more than 40 countries worldwide.