Argos NDC strike suspended

The strike at the Argos National Distribution Centre (NDC) is (probably) off. Wincanton (the employer) and Unite the union have come to an agreement over the treatment of the historical pay issues specific to the Argos NDC in Barton, Staffordshire.

Now the union has made a tentative agreement, its members will need to vote on the agreement.

Pending the result of the ballot, all planned industrial action has been suspended. Unite says that this will “be concluded as quickly as possible”.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle said: “We have had constructive talks with the Wincanton management today (Wednesday 14 December) and, as a result, we have hammered out a deal that Unite feels it can recommend to our members.

“The details of the deal are confidential and we will be balloting our drivers on the offer.

“While this ballot is being conducted all proposed industrial action has been suspended and our members at the Argos national distribution centre in Staffordshire will be working normally.”

A Wincanton spokesperson said: “We are equally pleased that our planned meeting today has produced an outcome which works for all parties.

“All industrial action has now been suspended pending a ballot on the terms of the agreement among Unite members, and at this important time of year, the Argos business will be unaffected.

“This issue is specific to Barton, Staffordshire, and no other Wincanton operations have been affected.”

Coming up to Christmas a strike by Argos drivers could have had a serious impact on the company. Argos has lately been bought by Sainsburys, primarily for Argos excellent national delivery network and Argos drivers may have shown just how fragile that network can be…

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