The prospect of ASDA supermarkets experiencing supply problems this Christmas has been averted following a pay deal for the drivers.

Pay Increase

Over 80 HGV drivers employed by Wincanton on an outsourced contract and responsible for delivering food to ASDA’s regional distribution centres had begun to ballot for industrial action in a dispute over low pay.

However, following the announcement of the ballot, fresh negotiations were held and a vastly improved deal of a 9.5 per cent increase, giving a basic pay rate of £14.97, was accepted by the drivers who are member of Unite, the UK’s leading union.

Important win

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This was an important win for our members at Wincanton, who were not prepared to endure low pay rates any longer. Unite’s commitment to always focus on the jobs, pay and conditions of its members is paying off.”

Significant win 

Unite regional officer Kenny Rowe said: “The pay deal was a significant victory for our members on the Wincanton ASDA contract, Unite will be looking to build on this pay deal in future negotiations.”


Notes to editors

ASDA facing Christmas shortages as Wincanton drivers ballot for strike action

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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.