London and the South East England are facing a beer drought this summer as delivery drivers, draymen and warehouse operatives employed by GXO ballot for strike action over draconian disciplinary matters.

Unite, the UK’s leading union, is balloting 120 members at GXO’s Croydon depot over the excessive disciplinary issues and the company’s failure to follow the existing agreement on such matters.

3,000 customers

The workers deliver to over 3,000 customers in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The principal deliveries involve Heineken, Stonegate, Shepherd Neame and Admiral Taverns.

Appalling management

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite will not allow GXO’s draconian and unfair disciplinary procedures to continue unchecked. This appalling management has to end.

 “Unite is now solely focussed on the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and the workers at GXO will receive the union’s complete support.”

Mid July strikes looming

The ballot will close on Wednesday 5 July. If workers vote for industrial action, strikes could begin in mid-July and continue until Christmas.

There is a possibility that due to GXO’s failure to apply the existing agreement with Unite, the dispute could be extended nationally to other depots operated by the company.

Beer supplies facing disruption

Unite regional officer Paul Travers said: “GXO has had every opportunity to resolve this issue through negotiations but has stubbornly refused to do so.

 “If strikes go ahead it will cause severe disruption to beer supplies across London and the South East, but this dispute is entirely of GXO’s own making and the high handed manner in which it is treating its workforce.”


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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.