Scottish lorry drivers who deliver cigarettes have voted for strikes in a consultative ballot and are now proceeding to a formal ballot.
The 14 drivers at the company, Lynx, are being balloted by the T&G union over the removal of their security enhancement.
The drivers, at the Newhouse depot near Glasgow, supply Scotland with the majority of cigarettes from major brands.
Lynx wants to consolidate the drivers’ security enhancements for carrying valuable loads into their basic pay. The T&G argues that Lynx is trying to cut costs and is in effect removing drivers’ “danger money” because of the risks of hijack and theft.
Bob Shaw, T&G acting national secretary, said, “Industrial action could mean that cigarette supplies of the major brands in Scotland will dry up.”