Labour MEP To Attend GMB “ABBA” Protest Today At Wincanton Chippenham Over Swindon Agency Workers Underpaid By £2 Per Hour By Use Of Swedish Derogation
Words of Mamma Mia perfectly sum up their position 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” says GMB.
Clare Moody Labour MEP for South West will attend a protest in Wiltshire this morning (13th August) at 10am by GMB members employed by employment agency Tempay in Swindon when they mount an ABBA themed protest outside the headquarters of Wincanton Logistics in Chippenham in a dispute over pay.
At a Swindon distribution depot in South Marston, operated by Wincanton on behalf of a household name retail giant, the majority of permanent warehouse staff by employed through an agency called Tempay. Many of these staff have been working at the same site on permanent assignment for several years, but using Section 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations these staff are guaranteed only 7 or 8 hours work per week, and are paid only minimum wage. This is nearly £2 per hour pay than the warehouse staff employed directly for Wincanton.
The details of the protest are as follows:
10am on Wednesday 13th August
Wiltshire SN14 0WT
GMB members will be dressed as ABBA, with Swedish flags and placards, and there will be a photo opportunity as a GMB “corporate ASBO” is handed into the Wincanton HQ , 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”.
GMB consider that Wincanton are unethically using Section 10 of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) to avoid giving effect to Section 5, relating to equal pay. Since the Agency Workers Regulations came into force in 2011, agency workers are guaranteed no less favourable treatment for terms and conditions and working conditions after completing a qualifying period of 12 weeks. However, a legal loophole under section 10, also called the Swedish Derogation, allows employers to pay less, if they guarantee a small payment between assignments.
Kevin Brandstatter, GMB Regional Officer, said, “We are delighted that Clare Moody, Labour MEP for South West, has told us that she will attend this demonstration when we present Wincanton with a “Corporate Asbo” to highlight their unethical use of the Swedish Derogation.
GMB will continue to up our campaign until the Company listens to its staff and takes action to address our concerns”
Contact Andy Newman, GMB Wiltshire branch secretary on 07540 859 227 or Kevin Brandstatter 07813 207374 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880