B&Q could be hit by Christmas shortages as warehouse staff plan strike, union warns


DIY chain B&Q, which is owned by Kingfisher PLC (LSE:KGF), 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 PLC (AIM:WIN), 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.”

A Wincanton spokesperson said: “We’re disappointed with the outcome of the ballot. We value our colleagues and the vital work they carry out every day and believe the offer we have put forward is fair and competitive. We will endeavour to work with Unite and our colleagues to find a resolution.”


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