The strike by staff at Menzies Distribution, which could have threatened deliveries to newsagents across the UK, has been suspended for workers to vote on an improved offer, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 22 September).
The ballot result on the improved offer to the 300 packers, pickers and drivers is expected to be known on Friday 30 September. The details of the improved offer are not being disclosed to the media.
This means that the two 24-hour strikes due to have started tomorrow (Friday 23 September) and Monday (26 September) have been suspended while the ballot is being held.
The three month dispute has centred on a very low imposed pay offer and cutbacks to bank holiday pay.
Unite national officer for the graphical, paper and media sector Ian Tonks said: “The strike action has been suspended while our members vote on the improved offer. The result is expected next Friday (30 September). Unite won’t be making any further comment until the ballot result is known.”
The main distribution centres include Ashford, Aylesford, Bromley-by-Bow, Greenwich, Norwich, Ipswich, Portsmouth, West Thurrock and Weybridge in England. The main sites in Scotland are at Dundee, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Irvine, and Paisley.
Unite members had voted 86 per cent in favour of strike action and by 91 per cent for industrial action short of a strike.
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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.