Wilko workers call off strike amid accepted deal

Wilko workers call off strike amid accepted deal
// Wilko strike called off after workers’ union accepted an offer
// The strike was regarding a dispute over rotas and was due to take place next week
// The strike would have involved staff at 2 Wilko warehouses

The threat of strikes by workers at two Wilko distribution centres in a row over rotas has been averted after an offer was accepted.

Staff who are members of the GMB union at Magor in South Wales and Worksop in Nottinghamshire had been due to take industrial action next week.

The homeware retailer said: “We’re delighted that our GMB team members have voted to accept our improved offer, which guarantees them more time off to spend with their families.

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“We’ve reached this positive outcome with the GMB through listening, talking and working things through collaboratively together.

“We would like to thank our customers and our team members for their patience and support throughout the talks.

“We all know it’s tough on the high street and our focus is now to pull together as a team to deliver the best possible Christmas experience for our customers shopping in our shops and online.”

Workers were due to walk out on October 21 and 22 in a dispute over weekend shifts.

The strikes have now been called off after 63 per cent of members voted to accept an improved weekend rota pattern offered by Wilko bosses after talks last week.

GMB national officer Gary Carter said: “The improved weekend rota pattern offers a better work/life balance for staff.”

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