General union GMB is to ballot Bidvest Logistics members on Friday 14th October in a dispute over pay.
The union said the logistics company originally offered a one per cent pay rise, which was reduced to 0.8 per cent, to make up for national living wage of £7.20 for its drivers’ assistants.
“My union GMB is not only urging our members to reject the derisory pay offer, we are also urging them to demonstrate their anger towards the company by also voting to take industrial action, including strike action,” said Mick Rix GMB national officer for transport and distribution.
A Bidvest Logistics spokesperson said:
“We are working constructively with GMB Union and Unite Union to agree a pay increase for Bidvest Logistics employees. These negotiations are in the early stages, we are hopeful that an outcome will be agreed soon and we haven’t had any indication from them or our team about possible industrial action at this stage. Following the ballot process, if our offer is not accepted, we will work with GMB and Unite on behalf of our employees to reach a resolution. We do not expect there will be any impact to our service or deliveries to customers.”