Tesco staff to strike over pay review


Tesco’s staff at its distribution centre in Dagenham, east London, have voted to strike for 24 hours as a result of a pay review.

Workers union Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distribution and Allied Workers) has said that 63 per cent of workers voted in favour of industrial action and will now strike from Thursday, May 17 to Friday, May 18.

The dispute is reportedly over the 2017 pay review, with the union stating it has “engaged positively with Tesco for over a year in an attempt to find a mutually acceptable settlement”.

It added: “The company have refused to improve upon their initial offer which was worth less than three per cent.

“Industrial action is always a last resort and the decision to call a strike has not been taken lightly.

“Usdaw remains open to further discussions and hopes that the company can make an offer which is acceptable to the membership.”

The Dagenham centre, which supplies areas in Greater London, is understood to be the only one of Tesco’s 21 distribution sites that has not agreed to the pay deal.

A spokesperson for Tesco told Talking Retail last week: “We have put forward a fair and competitive pay deal to our distribution colleagues as part of our annual review process.

“We are very disappointed that the union committee representing our Dagenham site has decided to move towards industrial action.”

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