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Bidvest Strike Suspended For Vote On New Offer

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GMB Suspends Strike Action At Bidvest Logistics Hoddesdon Site To Enable Members To Vote On New Offer To Resolve Pay Dispute

We believe that members will accept the new recommended offer from the company says GMB

At a meeting on 19th May between the MD Bidvest Logistics and the GMB National Officer a new offer was made by the company which GMB consider should be put to members as it is attractive enough for the union to recommend that it be accepted to resolve the dispute over pay. See notes to editors for copy of GMB release on the dispute.

The planned strike action for May 25th has now been suspended pending members voting on the offer from the company.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for Logistics, said. The meeting was held in a very constructive and cordial manner, which befits the long relationship that exists between GMB and Bidvest Logistics.

We believe that GMB members will accept the new offer from the company. However it is important that members now exercise their own democratic right to determine whether the offer is acceptable or not as what they are voting on are their own terms and conditions."

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Contact Karen Lally 07912 293481 or Tony Warr 07710 631336 or Mick Rix 07971 268343 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release dated 18th May

GMB MEMBERS 82% VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION AT BIDVEST LOGISTICS HODDESDON SITE IN PAY DISPUTE

The company can avert this strike action by discussing the implementation of pay parity with Banbury for our members says GMB

80 GMB members employed as LGV Drivers and Drivers mates at Hoddesdon Bidvest Logistics site have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute about pay. Dates for this strike action will be announced later.

Workers employed at Bidvest Logistics sites at Banbury, Oldham (Royton) and Larbert (Scotland) are paid significantly more than the staff at Hoddesdon.

Hoddesdon staff are seeking pay parity with at staff at Banbury.

Hoddesdon staff work on deliveries for Pret a Manger, KFC, Nando's, Zizzi and others.

Karen Lally, GMB Regional Organizer said “The company has flatly turned down our reasonable demand for pay parity with Banbury. We are not demanding more than the Banbury drivers, although there is a higher cost of living for where our members work which is mainly within the M25 and the Greater London area.

The company did offer such parity a couple of years ago. Bidvest Logistics flatly refused to follow this up by properly discussing and addressing the real issue of pay with GMB and the members at Hoddesdon. Bidvest Logistics is treating Hoddesdon colleagues like second class citizens.

The company has a chance to avert this strike action by discussing the implementation of pay parity for our members. The company have never said it cannot afford to pay, it has said it is not willing to pay. This is not acceptable.”

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