WORKERS at a Cleckheaton firm have staged the first in a series of 24-hour strikes in protest at a 2% pay offer.
About 100 workers at wire maker Cold Drawn Products walked out yesterday in the first industrial action of its kind at the family-owned firm.
Willie Patterson, regional officer of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC), said: "Our members, who have worked their socks off for this company, have made it clear that this derisory offer is the last straw."
Mr Patterson said further strikes were planned - including one next Monday - unless the dispute was resolved in the next few days.
A company statement said: "A series of meetings between ourselves, the ISTC and our employees have been taking place over recent months regarding pay and other matters.
"Unfortunately, the ISTC has not agreed to the various proposals made and they have decided to take strike action over their claims."
The statement said the strike was the first of its kind in the company's history, adding: "Regrettably, there can be no winners."
It said the company was a successful worldwide exporter and the need to remain competitive was paramount.
It added: "The company is continuing to explore all options with the ISTC and is keen to reach an amicable settlement to bring this dispute to a close."