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Topshop Workers Down Tools Again

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Staff in Leeds deliver shamed peer Philip Green with an unwelcome late birthday present.

GMB workers in a Topshop distribution warehouse are walking out for a second time over ‘deplorable’ working conditions.

Staff at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain in Leeds, will be downing tools again following a dispute over pay.

The previous strike disrupted deliveries for the shamed peer’s TopShop, Miss Selfridge and Burton’s outlets.

Protracted pay negotiations with the company have left GMB members dejected and feeling undervalued after their pay claim was thrown out by the company.

GMB members walked out last month – but with the company refusing to offer a real living wage they have no option but to take action again.

Previously, an anonymous member of staff described conditions as “like a workhouse”.

Doug Cooper, GMB organiser for the Leeds site said:

“Despite the astronomical sums Philip Green has accumulated throughout his career, he continually refuses to pay our members a decent wage.

“While he enjoyed a lavish birthday party this week, our members struggled to make ends meet while working in depolorable conditions.

“Now they have a late present for him – more disruption to his customers' deliveries.

“We will continue until he realises he must treat staff like human beings and pay them a wage they can live on."


Contact: Doug Cooper on 01484 720088 or Caroline Jones on 07850 325283

Notes to editors:

• Strike action to commence 6am Wednesday March 22 2017 – Ending 6am Thursday March 23 2017

• Spectrum for Arcadia: Hudson R, Leeds, LS9 7DN

Previous press release:

Topshop Depot Walkout Over 'Workhouse' Conditions

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

‘We used to be a family here’ says worker ahead of strike over ‘greed’ of billionaire employer.

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