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Tesco distribution workers reject poor offer

Issue No. 2165

Workers at a Tesco distribution centre threatened with closure have voted overwhelmingly to strike.

In January, the retail giant revealed plans to close its centre in Chepstow, Wales, and move around 750 workers to new premises at Pilning, some nine miles away.

Discussions with the Unite union have gone on for months. Workers say the move will mean a drop in salary from £24,000 a year to £16,000 and cut pensions from £4,000 to £2,500.

Around 78 percent voted in favour of strikes over the package on offer, which would also include a loss of union recognition.

The compensation on offer would only cover the first two years. The package was recommended by Unite union officials but rejected by the workers.

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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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