Union claims victory in B&Q pay dispute
WORKERS at a distribution centre belonging to a DIY chain near Burton have voted to accept an improved pay offer.
The vote follows a campaign by union Unite to ensure staff at B&Q's warehouse at Branston received a ‘living wage’.
The dispute started in December when Unite members were balloted for strike action after they were offered a 2% pay increase.
Unite claimed that, in 2009 and 2010, the 240 workers at the site had their pay frozen and, in 2011, they were given a below inflation pay rise.
It claimed that some workers “were struggling to put food on the table”.
The union is now claiming victory after warehouse bosses agreed to a deal, which will see them increase hourly rates by 7.1% over the next 12 months.
Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “The union has established a good relationship with Wincanton, which took control of the site from Ceva Logistics in February this year.
“All Unite members are now being paid a living wage. The deal also saw management reverse price increases in the workers’ canteen, as well as a new site agreement regulating shut-downs.”