Drivers at Alliance Healthcare stand to lose up to approximately £35,000 over the course of retirement due to changes to the pension scheme. In April this year, Alliance Healthcare took over the DHL Boots distribution operation in Coatbridge.
The transfer has resulted in drivers not being eligible to qualify for the matched company contributions by Alliance Healthcare with the previous pension scheme due to grading structures. The annual net result will be a loss of approx. £1,700. A further detriment to the drivers is Alliance Healthcare only makes pension contributions on basic earnings.
Unite has served notice on Alliance Healthcare for 24 hour industrial action, which will take place on 2 August. The action follows a breakdown in talks with Alliance Healthcare through Acas following a £200 one-off payment to settle the dispute, which was overwhelmingly rejected.
Unite regional officer James O’Connell said: “Unite members have no option but to take industrial action following the transfer to Alliance Healthcare from DHL which has resulted in detrimental changes to our members' pensions. These changes could result in a staggering £35,000 pension loss over their lifetime because our drivers will now not qualify for their previous terms because they don’t earn enough.
“The derisory £200 one-off payment to settle the dispute was overwhelmingly rejected. However, Unite remains committed to resolving this dispute, if the company removes these barriers and engages in meaningful negotiations which address our legitimate demands.”
For further information or comment contact Unite regional officer James O’Connell on 07568109586.
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.