B&Q could see Christmas shortages as warehouse staff plan strike, union warns

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DIY chain B&Q could see a shortage of stock in the run-up to Christmas as workers at one of its warehouses plan to go on strike.


More than 400 staff at logistics firm Wincanton, who work at B&Q’s Worksop distribution centre, will begin strike action later this month over pay and “the victimisation of union reps”, according to a statement from the Unite union.


The Worksop warehouse distributes stock to B&Q stores nationally.


Unite is accusing Wincanton of taking out unjustified disciplinaries against the union’s reps at the Worksop distribution centre. The union also said its Worksop depot members expect a pay rise that reflects the rising cost of living after working throughout the pandemic to keep the business healthy.


Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Wincanton’s union-busting and below inflation pay offer means that you won’t be able to do it if you B&Q it because the Worksop distribution centre will be at a standstill.”


Wincanton and B&Q are both owned by Kingfisher PLC (LSE:KGF).

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