Drivers and warehouse staff announce Indesit strike dates

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Road, Unite,

Indesit white goodsMore than 200 drivers and warehouse staff at Indesit UK have announced a four-day strike over pay that they warn will disrupt Christmas deliveries of white goods.

The Unite members will take action for 24 hours on August 21, 48 hours on August 27th and a further 24 hours on September 1st after rejecting a 1.5% pay offer.

They are angry that despite talks that have seen the company move on such issues as guaranteeing the 45 hour-a-week for redundancy pay and bringing forward the introduction of the London weighting for drivers’ assistants to this year, bosses have refused to budge on pay.

Unite regional officer Mark Plumb said: “It is abundantly clear that this dispute centres on the derisory 1.5% offer which was below inflation at the time of the anniversary date in January.

“Our members are tired of being fobbed off year-on-year with one-off bonuses, which may never materialise or when they do are worth virtually nothing. Our members are seeking a substantial increase in their basic pay after years of below inflation pay rises.”

Originally, the staff voted by 93% for strike action and 97% for industrial action short of a strike, after years of below inflation pay awards. In 2014, the pay award was also 1.5%, when the inflation rate was 2%.

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

Mark Plumb said: “As the drivers deliver more than 16,000 items of ‘white goods’ each week across the UK, the strikes will severely disrupt deliveries for Indesit customers in the run-up to the peak Christmas period.”

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Tim Lezard

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