Friday, September 16, 2005

UK Morrison workers plan strike action


Morrisons workers to stage nine days of strike action in a row over jobs
Thousands of workers at distribution centres in UK which deliver goods to Morrisons supermarkets are to stage nine days of strike action in a row over jobs, it was announced yesterday.

The action is likely to affect supplies to the Gibraltar store.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union and the GMB will walk out for three days on September 23 and then for six days from September 29.

The workers will also ban overtime and union leaders warned that supermarket shelves could quickly go empty because of the walkouts.

The two unions have accused the company of refusing to negotiate with them over future employment levels. They have also accused the supermarket giant of having secret plans to close a number of depots with the loss of thousands of jobs.

Earlier yestreday the GMB announced that its members, based at Aylesford, Kent, and Warrington had voted by 60% in favour of strike action. Acting General Secretary Paul Kenny said:

“This is a clear message from the workers to the company to listen to them and be honest about the future."

Mr Kenny called on the company’s boss, Sir Ken Morrison, to meet with the unions and do some “straight talking".

TGWU national officer Brian Revell urged the company to hold negotiations with the two unions to break the deadlock and head off industrial action.

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