More than 200 workers at a Newcastle energy company will walk out today [Monday] over a ‘miserly’ pay offer.
Staff at Baker Hughes, in Walker, will be on strike until December 15.
A second four day walkout will take place from 12 – 18 January.
GMB members at the company – who makes undersea pipelines and cable conduits for the oil and gas industry – have overwhelmingly turned down pay offers of as little as four per cent.
With inflation at 12.3 per cent, both offers amount to massive real terms pay cut.
Michael Hunt, GMB Organiser, said:
"Workers are struggling and instead of helping them, skinflint Baker Hughes bosses have offered them a miserly real terms pay cut.
“The company is thriving - the order books are full for many years to come. Why won’t they make a pay offer to make sure the workers fulfilling those orders can get through this cost of living crisis?
“If Baker Hughes wants to keep production on track, they need to get back round the table with GMB and negotiate an offer their staff find acceptable.”