GMB is this afternoon holding a demonstration outside the Wincanton distribution depot in Swindon over the continued refusal of the company to meet the union in the dispute over pay.

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abba-photo-costumes-1066110621200 members at the depot, employed by agency Tempay, are paid £2 per hour less than the warehouse staff employed directly for Wincanton.

GMB branch president Chris Watts said: “ A promised meeting with Wincanton has not taken place and we will not take this lying down.

“Many members have told me they can be working for 37.5 hours one week, and then the next week can be cut back to seven hours. This leaves them feeling very precarious, and you can see how this would lead them to be reluctant to assert their rights.

“We call on Tempay to pay our members the rate for the job, and for Tempay to go back to their client, Wincanton, and ask them to cease the unethical use of Section 10 of the AWR. It is time for Wincanton to pay up”.

The demonstration takes place at noon at the South Marston Industrial Estate, Stirling Road, Swindon SN3 4TT. Dressed as members of ABBA, protestors will sing the lyrics of Mamma Mia: “I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when, So I made up my mind, it must come to an end”.

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