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Usdaw ballots open for members on a much improved pay offer in nine Tesco distribution centres

Date: 15 December 2021 Two ballots of over 5,000 Usdaw members open today after the union negotiated a much improved pay offer from Tesco. Planned industrial action in the week before Christmas has been suspended pending the ballot result due on Wednesday 22 December.
The two ballots involve drivers and warehouse workers at nine Tesco distribution centres in: Daventry Clothing, Goole, Hinckley, Lichfield, Livingston, Magor (both trunk and main sites), Peterborough and Southampton. Usdaw is recommending support for the new deal, which amounts to 6% in total, a significant improvement on the previously rejected 4% offer.
 
Joanne McGuinness - Usdaw National Officer says: “The strength and solidarity of our members has secured a much improved pay deal. We have negotiated a 5.5% increase, backdated to July, and a further 0.5% from the end of February next year.
 
“Having reached this improved offer, we have suspended strike action and are recommending that our members support the new offer. Retail distribution workers are key workers who delivered essential services throughout the pandemic; they deserve this pay rise.”
 
Notes for editors:
 
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 370,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
 
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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