Nigel Scully, Usdaw Divisional Officer, says:
“Usdaw members at the site are unhappy with Sainsbury’s proposed changes to the attendance policy and have been left with no choice but to move to industrial action in an attempt to get an improved offer from the business. We are now looking for the company to come back to the negotiating table with a significantly improved offer.
“Industrial action is always a last resort and the recent ballot result clearly shows that our members are unhappy with the Sainsbury’s current proposals. It is hoped that the company will now bring forward a set of proposals in line with our members’ expectations.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with around 420,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 28% over the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
The formal strike ballot
of 380 members was conducted by an independent scrutineer (Electoral Reform Services), which opened on Tuesday, 28 May and closed at noon on Wednesday, 12 June. Turnout in the ballot was 67.4% and 73.4% of those voting voted in favour of moving to industrial action.
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