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Industrial dispute at Clarks finally settled

AN agreement has been reached between the trade union Community and the shoe manufacturer Clarks, ending the industrial action that has taken place in Street over the last two months.

The agreement sees the pay of workers protected after previous threats of reduction.

Workers at the Street distribution centre had been on strike since October 4 over the controversial ‘fire and rehire’ tactic which had been brought in when Clarks was taken over by Hong Kong-based private equity firm LionRock Capital.

Trade unionists, Labour Party members and the wider community from around Somerset had rallied around the striking workers and a major march through the streets of Street took place as the dispute escalated.

The settlement, involving a major input of new money and achieved in the run up to Christmas, has been welcomed by workers and supporters.


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