Argos drivers plan Christmas strike

December 13, 2016 11:13 am Published by

Argos drivers plan Christmas strike

  • 13 December 2016
  • From the section Business

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Argos’s delivery drivers at its key distribution centre have voted to strike for three days from 20 December.

Unite union members voted by 83% to strike over what they say is a failure to pay holiday back pay for two years, amounting to an average of £700.

Unite said it would cause “havoc and chaos” for the retailer.

But an Argos spokesperson said the strike would hardly be noticed: “We have contingency plans in place and there will be no impact on customers.”

The drivers work for Wincanton, based at Argos’s flagship national distribution centre near Burton-on-Trent, in Staffordshire.

That site supplies Argos’s other seven distribution centres and they, in turn, deliver to the Argos shops.

Unite said the dispute with Wincanton centred on how holiday pay was calculated.

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

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

“It is very difficult to understand why Wincanton has allowed this saga to get out of hand.”

Argos was taken over by Sainsbury’s earlier this year.

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