What: Activists stage protest outside Chep’s parent company Brambles in London

When and where: 1pm Wednesday 20 April at 123 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6DE

Parent company Brambles must end the shambles created by Chep UK

Unite activists will be outside the UK headquarters of the Australian-owned company Brambles Ltd today (Wednesday, April 20). The campaigners are calling on the company to take responsibility for ending the ongoing strike at its subsidiary Chep UK Ltd.

Unite’s members at the pallet supplier at Trafford Park in Manchester have been on strike for five months and, having now rejected the company’s latest pay offer, could be on strike into the summer.

Unite says it’s time for Brambles to intervene and insist its subsidiary gets its act together”. Chep UK Ltd has generated significant wealth for its parent company but the union says that management has made a complete mess of its pay negotiations with the workers in Trafford Park.

In 2021, Chep UK Ltd made sales revenues of £390.7million in 2021. Between 2010 and 2021 Chep UK Ltd paid out dividends to Brambles Ltd amounting to £664.54 million. Each Chep UK Ltd employee generated sales worth £320.5K in 2021.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “I’m calling for Chep UK’s parent company to intervene and sort out this mess. Our members are steadfast in their determination to secure decent pay. They can see the company can afford to pay a fair wage. Chep UK has dragged its heels – so its parent company must now step in.”

Unite regional officer Ian McCluskey said: “Workers are now going to be balloted for a third time. Brambles need tell the management at Chep UK to get their act together. Activists will be making it clear that this failure is now also the responsibility of Brambles.”

Unite’s members at Chep will be balloted from Thursday 21 April until Thursday 5 May to continue their industrial action. A yes vote will see strike action continue beyond 19 May.

Chep UK, which is based in Trafford Park, Manchester, repairs and supplies pallets for supporting and transporting goods to a host of prominent companies including InBev, Heinz, Heineken, A&B Containers, Encric and TDS.

Unite is dedicated to advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will fight back against any efforts to diminish workers' living standards.

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.