Morrisons warehouse strikes off after fresh pay offer

By William Dodds

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Strikes had been due to take place between 13 and 16 June. Credit: Morrisons
Strikes had been due to take place between 13 and 16 June. Credit: Morrisons

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Planned strike action by Morrisons warehouse staff has been called off.

The move has come in response to the supermarket chain submitting a new remuneration package vie trade union Unite the union.

Approximately 1,000 workers employed at two separate Morrisons warehouses in Cheshire and Wakefield had been set to walk out from 13 to 16 June 2024 over proposed changes to their pension contributions. This followed a previous round of strikes that took place in May.

According to Unite, the change to pension contributions would have left its members “hundreds of pounds a year worse off”.

Additional issues surrounding pay and conditions have also been the subject of the dispute.

Unite national officer Adrian Jones commented: "As a goodwill gesture, and following a new offer from Morrisons, we are suspending any planned strike action while we ballot our members."

In response to the news, a spokesperson for Morrisons told Food Manufacture: "We are pleased that through open communication with Unite we have together found a way forward - subject to the result of the ballot." 

Of the Unite members that were involved with the initial ballot, nearly 97% responded in favour of the strikes.

Speaking at the time, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is focussed on our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and these unmerited changes to workers’ pensions will leave our members worse off every month. Unite will not stand for such behaviour from any employer.”​

In other news, Pilgrim’s Europe has announced plans to close its Spurway factory​, putting 270 jobs at risk.

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