Watch as workers at High Peak factory take strike action in pay dispute

Workers at a High Peak crane manufacturer have taken part in the first of 12 planned days of strike action in a dispute over pay.

The industrial action - the first to be held at Street Crane for 20 years - was announced by the Unite union last week after rejection of a 2.5 per cent pay offer.

The picket line protest outside Street Crane on Monday.

The picket line protest outside Street Crane on Monday.

Unite represents around 35 production staff at the Chapel-en-le-Frith factory.

The first of the 24-hour stoppages was held on Monday, and is set to be followed by similar strikes on October 22 and 29, and November 5.

If the dispute is not settled by then, the union said four 48-hour stoppages would go ahead on November 12, 19 and 26 and December 3, all commencing at 00:01.

The Advertiser understands talks through conciliation service Acas are scheduled to take place tomorrow (Friday).

Union members voted for strike action after rejecting a 2.5 per cent pay offer.

Union members voted for strike action after rejecting a 2.5 per cent pay offer.

Regional coordinating officer Shaun Lee said: “Our members have rejected the 2.5 per cent offer as they face rising household bills demonstrated by the retail price index (RPI) which is currently running at 3.5 per cent.

“The fact that our members voted by 100 per cent for strike action and that this is the first industrial action in 20 years shows the depth of anger our dedicated members feel at the hardline attitude adopted by this profitable company.”

The industrial action is reportedly the first to be held at Street Crane for 20 years.

The industrial action is reportedly the first to be held at Street Crane for 20 years.