Over 400 warehouse workers at the B&Q distribution centre in Worksop, East Midlands are on indefinite strike in a pay dispute against bosses Wincanton Logistics Ltd.
The Unite union members voted to escalate strikes in the days before Christmas as their second round of seven-day strikes ended.
Workers had originally voted for alternate weeks of strikes followed by an overtime ban until the end of February.
Pat Mcgrath, Unite senior rep, said, “the mood is really good now we have moved to continuous action. We are confident this will bring management to the negotiating table.”
Action outside B&Q stores needs to spread. Delegations of strikers are being planned to lobby HQ buildings too.
Wincanton offered a 4 percent pay rise that was rejected by workers. They want at least 6 percent.
A number of the pickets complained that they had worked hard through the crisis as “essential” workers, while B&Q maximised its profits by being allowed to open.
The escalation is a strong sign of resistance by strikers against pay rises that are below inflation.
It is the bosses’ thirteenth offer below the rate of inflation in a row.
Workers will have to campaign and strike to win.
Recent strikes in a number of FE colleges have shown that it is possible to hit back and to win if there is serious resistance.
Members of the PCS union struck for three days in July 2021.
Bosses agreed in December to pay rates in line with the London Living Wage, backdated for 2021.
They also agreed pay will rise again in March this year 2022 in line with the London Living Wage or inflation, whichever is greater.
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