JJB Strike action

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The GMB union in Lancashire, has announced that its members employed at the JJB Sports distribution warehouse in Martland Park, Wigan, have voted by 9 to 1 in an official ballot to take strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions.
The Martland Park distribution depot supplies all 430 stores. The GMB said that its members were dissatisfied with the outcome of the annual pay talks and rejected the companies offer almost unanimously. The members were seeking to consolidate the various elements of bonus and other non consolidated payments in to a higher guaranteed basic rate. There was also another matter of working hours in contention. Following this rejection the GMB authorized a strike ballot and the results have now been conveyed to the company. Crisis talks have been under way for some days and today’s talks stand adjourned until tomorrow. JJB would make no comment.
Neil Holden, GMB Lancashire region officer, who is responsible for the talks said: “The members have delivered an overwhelming mandate to GMB to secure for them the higher guaranteed basic wage and the organisation of hours of work that they seek. We are talking to the company and it is now essential that the company listens to the voice of their own workforce and put forward the type of offer that is needed to settle this dispute. If they do not do so, they face the prospect of disruption of supplies to the high street shops between now and Christmas and the New Year.”
The 250 GMB members in this warehouse distribution depot supply the merchandise to all 430 JJB Shops in Britain’s High Streets.

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