Over 1,000 workers at UK private-label company 2 Sisters Food Group have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

Around 1,200 staff at two plants in the West Midlands will hold three 24-hour stoppages after receiving what union officials described as a "paltry" pay offer.

The first strike will take place at 2 Sisters' sites in Smethwick and Wolverhampton next Friday. Workers will hold industrial action on Tuesday 18 December and a third strike is scheduled for Friday 21 December.

"The near unanimous vote in favour of strike action is the strongest possible message to management that they need to sit down and negotiate in good faith," Des Quinn, regional officer at the Unite union, said.

"The management should be under no illusion at the depth of anger that our members feel at the way they have been treated for far too long by this company. Unite is willing to hold talks with the company in the days ahead to achieve a fair and equitable settlement on the pay issue and other matters that are of vital concern to our members."