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1 Dec 2021

Author:
Sarah Butler, The Guardian

UK: Clarks & Community union reach agreement following two-month strike over 'fire and rehire tactics'

"Clarks Somerset site strike ends after agreement reached", 1 December 2021

Clarks has reached an agreement with about 100 workers to end a two-month strike at its distribution centre in Somerset.

The deal between the footwear group and the Community union, which follows mediation with Acas, is understood to protect hourly pay for established workers and increase pay for new staff at the site...

In a joint statement, Community and Clarks said: “We are pleased that a resolution has been reached that works in everybody’s interests, protects Community members’ livelihoods, and recognises their loyalty to Clarks.

“Following an indicative ballot of Community members it is confirmed that normal working has now resumed.”

The two sides said they were looking forward to “close cooperation as we move on from the dispute and commit to positive industrial relations in the future”.

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