Unite hails victory in M&S food delivery dispute

Unite hails victory in M&S food delivery dispute

12 July 2017

The pay dispute at Hemel Hempstead, which could have had implications for deliveries to Marks & Spencer food stores, has been settled.

The crux of the dispute at GIST Ltd centred on pay parity for the 23 ‘pickers and loaders’ who were being paid considerably less than the majority of the workforce.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 12 July) that, following talks with the management, the workers affected had overwhelmingly accepted a deal that gave them parity in terms of pay, and terms and conditions with the majority of the workforce.

Unite regional officer Alan Brkljac said: “Unite members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal which gives them pay parity with their fellow workers.

“I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity that our members have shown during the course of this dispute which contributed greatly to the successful outcome. 

“As a result, all planned industrial action has been called off and we look forward to working constructively with the GIST management going forward and putting this dispute well behind us in the interests of all parties.

“All 23 employees have negotiated through Unite and are now fully integrated into the terms and conditions of our national agreement.”

The origins of the dispute go back to 2008 when there was a local arrangement to supply food to BP garages, but since then the logistics has expanded and changed with those covered by the local agreement now working for the M&S national contract.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • 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.