Argos distribution centres strike

A strike among Argos distribution centres that began yesterday (17th May) could last the next two weeks.

Members of Unite the union at Argos distribution centres in Basildon, Bridgwater, Burton on Trent, Lutterworth and Heywood are on strike in a dispute about job security and terms and conditions of employment.

Unite released a notice on Tuesday saying that the Argos distribution centres industrial action could well be the beginning of a “two week continuous strike”.

Explaineing why the strike had been called, United said: “The warehouse workers who prepare deliveries for Argos stores are fearful that a contracting out culture will lead to job losses and a deterioration in their terms and conditions.

“Earlier in the year Argos revealed plans to transfer nearly 500 workers from its Lutterworth distribution hub in Leicestershire to Wincanton logistics in Kettering. Despite repeated requests by Unite, Argos has refused to give guarantees at all its distribution sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future.”

However, Argos has said the strike will not affect its customers. In a statement the company said: “We can reassure customers that we have strong contingencies in place and their orders and deliveries will not be affected.”

Given the general squeeze on margins in ever more competitive markets, workers are often seeing their own terms and conditions affected. This isn’t the first such action in recent months and probably won’t be the last.  
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