OUTSOURCED Marks and Spencer warehouse workers celebrated yesterday after bosses agreed to up their pay to match that of in-house staff, writes Lucas Davies-Herbst.
The 23 pickers and loaders at GIST Ltd, which supplies M&S stores across south-east England, had been on the verge of walking out after Unite union members found out they were being paid up to £8,000 less than most of the company’s workforce.
The workers voted to hold 12 one-day strikes last month but the action, which could have hit up to 100 M&S stores, was called off yesterday after negotiators were offered a deal granting pay parity and equal terms and conditions.
Unite regional officer Alan Brkljac said: “I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity that our members have shown during the course of this dispute which contributed greatly to the successful outcome.
“All 23 employees have negotiated through Unite and are now fully integrated into the terms and conditions of our national agreement.”