Unite members angry over below-inflation pay offer

IndesitMore than 200 drivers and warehouse staff at Indesit UK Ltd are balloting for strike action over pay.

Unite says the delivery of thousands of ‘white goods’, from fridge freezers to kettles, could be severely disrupted, if their members vote to take action after years of below inflation pay awards.

Unite regional officer Mark Plumb said that the pay offer for the year starting January 2015 was 1.5%, when at the time of the negotiations inflation was running at 1.7%. In 2014, the pay award was also 1.5%, when the inflation rate was 2%.

 

Unite members are also angry at the attack on their terms and conditions. At present, if there were job losses, the redundancy pay is calculated at a guaranteed 45 hour week. Now the company wants to reduce this to contracted hours of 37 or 40 a week, depending on individual employee contracts.

The workforce ensures that freezers, fridge freezers, cookers, hobs, kettles and toasters are delivered directly to homes and trade outlets across the UK.

Mark Plumb said: “Our members are angry at the below inflation pay they have had to endure in recent years which has eroded their standard of living. Now the management is starting to attack their terms and conditions in regards to guaranteed redundancy payments.

“Basically, our members have said: ‘Enough is enough’ and are being balloted for industrial action, including strike action.

“As the drivers deliver more than 16,000 items of white goods each week across the UK, any industrial action could severely disrupt deliveries for Indesit customers.

“We urge the management to get around the table to negotiate a fair and equitable settlement for our members.”

 


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