Drivers working for landscape products group, Marshalls will stage a 24-hour strike on Monday (13 June) in their long-running dispute over overtime pay.
Unite, the country’s largest union, warned that industrial action could escalate if management continues to dig in its heels over holding constructive negotiations.
The dispute is about the disparity in overtime payments for the LGV drivers that deliver to customers from 14 manufacturing sites across the UK – the drivers receive time and a third for overtime worked, while manufacturing employees get time and a half.
The 24-hour strike will start at 01.00 on 13 June.
The overtime dispute has been given extra edge by the fact the company’s chief executive Martin Coffey received an 87 per cent increase in his remuneration package last year, taking it to over £2 million a year. The company’s profits are also up, as are dividends to shareholders.
Unite warned that Marshalls’ two biggest customers, Travis Perkins with 1,900 outlets and Jewson with more than 600 branches, will face possible disruption because of the strike.
Unite national officer for construction and allied trades, John Allott said: “This vote for industrial action demonstrates a sense of anger among drivers at Marshalls over pay and the increasingly belligerent attitude of management.
“The last thing our members want to do is to take industrial action and cause disruption for the two biggest customers of Marshalls - Travis Perkins and Jewson.
“But faced with an increasingly hostile management, our members have clearly signalled they are prepared to take industrial action to achieve pay justice.
“We would urge the company to engage meaningfully with Unite to resolve the dispute and improve industrial relations for the long-term.”
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.