Workers employed by XPO Transport Solutions have secured a significant pay increase after members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted to take strike action over low pay.

The Unite members, including warehouse workers, cross-dock operatives and HGV drivers, had voted for industrial action because their rates of pay were significantly below those of the company’s competitors.

Following the yes vote for strike action fresh negotiations were held and new rates of pay were agreed ending the dispute

The warehouse and cross dock operatives will receive an increase of approximately 15 per cent increase in hourly rates while HGV drivers will see pay rates increase by approximately 27 per cent.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a great result for our members at XPO who, by standing together, have achieved a significant pay increase.

“The pay increase demonstrates how Unite’s strategy of always prioritising the jobs, pay and conditions of workers is paying dividends.”

Unite national officer for road transport, warehousing and logistics Matt Draper said: “From the outset Unite had made it clear that it believed this dispute should be resolved via negotiations. Once XPO understood the strength of feeling of its workforce a new offer was tabled and agreed by members. 

“This deal recognises both drivers and warehouse workers. For too long warehouse workers have been overlooked and not received the rewards their skills deserve.”