Morrisons Daily - Amacor

Supply to Morrisons Daily sites could be disrupted if proposed strike action by Unite goes ahead.

Unite members based at Morrisons warehouses in Cheshire and Wakefield are being balloted for strike action over changes to pensions that the union claims leaves them worse off by around £500 a year. It said that workers are being forced to increase their own pension contributions while the retailer reduces its own contributions by the same amount

Unite also highlighted additional changes that workers are being “compelled to adopt” include a new, unpopular pick rate, the removal of a service award, enforced changes to jobs roles and a failure to correctly follow absence policies.

Around 1,000 Unite members working as warehouse stock controllers, cooks, canteen staff, and administrators are being balloted for strike action between now and 9 May. Unite warned that if the ballot is successful, and if no concessions are made by the employer, industrial action will take place this spring and summer, impacting the supply to supermarkets and convenience stores.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is focussed on our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and these unmerited changes to workers’ pensions will leave our members worse off every month.

“Unite will not stand for such behaviour from any employer, let alone one like Morrisons who is raking in massive profits in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Its flagrant profiteering and then cutting our members’ take-home pay is a disgrace.”

Morrisons declined to comment on the strike ballot when asked by Convenience Store.