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Pay delay sparks strike action ballot at Bellshill dri...

Pay delay sparks strike action ballot at Bellshill drinks distributor

22 September 2015

A ballot for industrial action is underway at Bellshill drink distribution firm Tradeteam following months of managerial delays and mixed-messages over negotiations for the 2015/16 pay deal.

The dispute was sparked after management served a ‘full and final’ one year pay offer earlier this month - significantly less than a previously rejected two year offer - and nearly six months after the passing of the pay-deal anniversary.

Tradeteam is part of the multi-national logistics giant DHL and strike action could severely affect the delivery of supplies to bars and restaurants across the country in addition to receiving goods at warehouse operations.

The ballot closes on Friday 2 October.

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said, “Nearly six months after the anniversary pay date passed our members remain without an agreement because the employer needlessly delayed negotiations and then, remarkably, served a ‘full and final’ one year offer having previously offered a more valuable two year deal.

“It’s a slap in the face for the workforce who offered management a postponement of the pay talks in recognition of the difficult restructuring of the business in late 2014,  which our members were told was necessary to secure lucrative contracts.

“Having acted in a responsible manner and in the best interests of the business it is regrettable that the goodwill shown by the workforce has not been returned by management for the 2015/16 pay offer.

“A damaging strike can still be avoided but management need to stop months of mixed-messages and come back to the negotiating table with a fair offer which meets our members’ aspirations.”  

ENDS

For further information please contact Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810157931 

  • 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.