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Sir Philip Green Faces Fresh Blow

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Union staff in distribution arm of Topshop empire ballot for industrial action over battle for a living wage.

Shamed Topshop boss Sir Philip Green is facing fresh turmoil after GMB members in his distribution are voted to strike on Cyber Monday.

Staff at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain, are set to walk out on 'Cyber Monday' (Monday 28 November), one of the busiest online retails days of the year, amidst a pay dispute.

Arcadia supplies Sir Philip’s major brands such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton Men’s Wear and the depot supplies the brands for internet sales.

The knight of the realm yesterday faced calls from MPs to seize his £100million luxury yacht to plug a gaping pension’s black hole in his former company BHS. [1]

It follows unanimous vote by MPs last night to strip Green of his knighthood. [2]

GMB members voted to strike in support of a pay claim for a Real Living Wage – currently set at £8.45 by the Living Wage Foundation. [3]

Most of the staff at the depot in Shirley, near Birmingham, are paid the national minimum wage of £7.20.

A series of pay talks including industrial peacemaker ACAS have failed to move the company’s position - and a deadline for further discussions set for today has not been met.

The staff at Shirley are hardworking, loyal and many are long-serving. Further GMB action is planned in the run up to Christmas.

David Warwick, GMB Organiser, said:

“It’s a disgrace that 'Sir' Phillip Green who holds the purse strings on this DHL contract and has enriched himself on the backs of these loyal workers is refusing to put a sensible offer on the table.

“I sincerely hope he takes some time from sailing his luxury yacht to reconsider his position and pay his workers enough money for a decent standard of living.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Contact: David Warwick on 07957 266751

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/nov/23/sir-philip-green-yacht-bhs-frank-field-pension-scheme

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37715920

[3] http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

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