Workers at sports retailer JJB in the GMB union staged a third 24-hour strike on Thursday this week in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Hundreds of workers at the firm’s warehouse in Wigan walked out, following two strike days last week.
The union is also planning to stage demonstrations outside JJB stores at the weekend (see below).
Glynis West, a 52 year old warehouse worker who was among more than 200 pickets outside the huge JJB site in Wigan last week. She said she earned £200 a week, £220 if she received a bonus.
“The problem is that it gets more and more difficult to earn the extra £20. Last week I worked really hard and could not manage it. Sometimes we are running as fast as we can. You’re so tired you often have to go to bed early.”
She pointed out that even her 32 year old daughter, Diane, found it difficult to meet the target. The union wants all workers to have access to bonus payments set at a level that is easier to achieve.
The GMB says that many of the strikers earn little more than the national minimum wage of £5.35 an hour before bonuses.
Demonstrations this Saturday 11 November
The GMB supported by No Sweat is staging protest demonstrations outside JJB stores in nine cities.
There will also be a yellow card protest by Wigan fans on the terraces at the JJB Sports Stadium at 3pm before Wigan kick off against Charlton in the Premiership. In addition Billy Bragg has now been confirmed to appear in next month’s Christmas “National Minimum Wage v the multi-millionaires” benefit party for the strikers to take place at a venue to be announced in Wigan.
The demonstations outside the shops will take place at 11am on Saturday as follows:
- Birmingham, 82 High Street
- Brighton, 145/147 Western Road
- Bristol, 89/97 Horsefair
- Edinburgh, 88 Princess Street
- Leicester, Unit 4, Haymarket Towers, Humberstone Gate
- London, 8 The Broadway, West 12 Shopping Centre
- Manchester, 58/66 Market Street
- Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1st Floor Monument Mall
- York, Unit 1, 1-5 Davygate
Send donations to GMB c/o Graham Wells, 20 Smith Avenue, Orrell, Wigan WN5 0BN