Migrant workers at Roadchef are balloting for strike action after the company threatened to withdraw transport to an M3 service station which has only motorway access and no public transport links.
The workers, members of the GMB union’s southern region migrant workers’ branch, work at the service station between junctions eight and nine north of Winchester. The dispute is over the withdrawal of coach transport to and from the site for staff from 9 June.
The service is used by more than 70 of the 80 staff, who are mainly migrant workers from Poland and Portugal. The overwhelming majority of these staff are GMB members.
The company has had difficulty recruiting staff and had to lay on transport to attract a workforce.
Management has offered staff £5.80 a day towards the cost of a 70 mile round trip each day.
GMB organiser Gary Cook said, “This is a cowardly attack by a profitable company on some of the most vulnerable workers in Britain – just to boost profits.”