Kingsmill drivers vote for pay strike

Kingsmill drivers have voted by 83% for strike action over pay.

The Unite members, who earn between £26,000 and £28,000 a year, were offered a 2% pay rise plus £150 a year for two years, but rival drivers at Sainsbury’s are on £42,000 and drivers at the company’s Stockport depot earn £1,500-a-year more than those at West Bromwich.

Unite lead officer for the food sector Joe Clarke said: “Following the ballot result, we have had initial discussions with the company about further talks with senior executives to resolve the pay issues. We are waiting to hear back from the company on possible dates for new talks. There are differences between us over market pay rates and the cost of living which need to be resolved.

“We look forward to constructive talks with the company in a bid to resolve this dispute, but reserve the right to take strike action, if a new offer is not forthcoming.”

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