Argos delivery drivers to strike for three days from 20th December

Published on: 14th December 2016

The dispute centres around how holiday pay is calculated.

argos-480Unite union members voted by 83% to strike over what they say is a failure to pay holiday pay back for two years. This has amounted to an average of £700.

Unite claimed that it would cause “havoc and chaos” for the retailer, adding that the strikes were a “last resort” and its door was open for talks “24/7”.

“The drivers have patiently tried to resolve this matter for over two years,” said Unite regional office Rick Coyle. “Now they would like the money they are owed in time for Christmas, which is not unreasonable.”

“We would encourage both sides to keep talking with the aim of coming to a swift resolution,” said a spokesperson for Argos. “We’re working hard to ensure this will not impact our deliveries.”

The drivers work for Wincanton, based at Argos’ flagship national distribution centre near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire. The centre supplies Argos’ seven other distribution centres, and they deliver to Argos stores.

Unite says legal cases have established that overtime and extra shift payments should be taken into account when accessing holiday pay.


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