ASDA supply chain drivers’ plan to go on strike in the lead-up to Christmas has been withdrawn after an agreement was made with the trade union Unite.

More than 80 Wincanton employed outsourced HGV drivers who were transporting food to Asda’s regional distribution centres had started to ballot for strike action over a salary dispute.

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The drivers deliver goods to the regional DCs of the store, which reaches as far north as Falkirk in Scotland and as far south as Bedford and Bristol.

However, when Unite announced the ballot, new negotiations were held.

According to the union, these negotiations resulted in a “vastly improved” settlement with a 9.5 percent pay raise and a basic pay rate of £14.97.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said “This was an important win for our members at Wincanton, who were not prepared to endure low pay rates any longer. Unite’s commitment to always focus on the jobs, pay and conditions of its members are paying off.”

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Unite regional officer Kenny Rowe added: “The pay deal was a significant victory for our members on the Wincanton ASDA contract. Unite will be looking to build on this pay deal in future negotiations.”

A Wincanton spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have reached a resolution that satisfies all parties.”

Source: The Grocer

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