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Swindon Wincanton Protest 26 Sept

Monday, September 22, 2014

GMB Hold Further Protest At Wincanton Swindon Depot On Friday 26th September In Pay Dispute

A promised meeting with Wincanton over workers paid £2 per hour less has not taken place and GMB will not take this lying down.

GMB, the union for staff employed by agency Tempay at Wincanton distribution depot in Swindon, will hold further demonstration on Friday 26 September over the continued refusal of the company to meet the union in the dispute over pay.

200 GMB members at the depot are paid £2 per hour less pay than the warehouse staff employed directly for Wincanton. The depot is operated for a major UK retailer.

Many GMB members have been working at the same site on permanent assignment for several years employed by the agency. Under Section 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations ( called the Swedish derogation) Wincanton is able to guarantee these staff only 7 hours work per week, and pay them only minimum wage.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 12 Midday on Friday 26th September

outside Wincanton depot,

South Marston Industrial Estate,

Stirling Rd,


Wiltshire SN3 4TT

GMB members will be dressed as ABBA, with Swedish flags and placards, and a GMB “corporate ASBO” will be handed into the Wincanton distribution depot , to draw attention to the unethical use of the Swedish Derogation. They will sing words of Mamma Mia which perfectly sum up their situation with Wincanton –“I’ve been cheated by you since I don’t know when, So I made up my mind, it must come to an end”. The will be joined by popular Swindon Labour Councillor, Nadine Watts, dressed as Agnetha Fältskog; and by Devizes Labour parliamentary candidate Chris Watts.

Chris Watts, GMB Branch President, said “ A promised meeting with Wincanton has not taken place and GMB will not take this lying down.

Many members have told me that due to their Swedish Derogation contracts they can be working for 37.5 hours one week, and then the next week can be cut back to 7 hours. This leaves them feeling very precarious, and you can see how this would lead them to be reluctant to assert their rights"

GMB calls upon Tempay to pay our members the rate for the job, and for Tempay to go back to their client, Wincanton, and ask them to cease the unethical use of Section 10 of the AWR. It is time for Wincanton to pay up”.


Chris Watts on 01793 818 005 or 07776 238 327 or Kevin Brandstatter or 07813 207 374.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880


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