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Argos workers accept revised pay offer

Issue No. 2116

Workers at Argos have accepted a revised pay offer after taking a number of days of strike action.

The company originally offered a 3.8 percent increase and had demanded a reduction in sick pay benefits in return.

The new offer of 4.1 percent without strings was accepted by just over two thirds of Unite members after the union recommended the deal.

Nigel Ruddy, Unite convenor at the Magna Park depot in Leicestershire, told Socialist Worker that the deal was a climbdown by management.

'Our action forced them to improve their offer and remove the strings,' he said.

'The company wanted us to transfer to monthly pay with only a week's pay and a two week loan to tide us over. Many people said that they could not even afford the company's repayment plan.

'Since the strikes this has been changed so that no one will lose out, as no one will have to pay back their loans until they leave the company.

'On the headline figure of pay, many people think that more could have been won with a further round of strike action.

'We are not overjoyed with a being offered a below-inflation pay settlement.'

Nevertheless, Nigel says that the union has emerged far stronger as a result of the dispute, and that most workers involved are happy that they took strike action.

'We've recruited new members and gained new activists,' he said. 'Some Argos managers thought we would be a pushover – I don't think anyone believes that now.'

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Tue 26 Aug 2008, 20:58 BST
Issue No. 2116
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