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East London Tesco staff to strike over 'poverty pay'

TESCO employees in east London are going on strike tomorrow over “poverty pay.”

The walkout by more than 500 members of retail union Usdaw at the supermarket chain’s distribution centre in Dagenham follows a year of fruitless negotiations.

Management is refusing to improve the wage offer included in the company’s 2017 national pay review.

Workers at the site, many of them agency staff, have long said they are poorly rewarded for regularly working in low temperatures and subject to stringent performance targets.

Usdaw site rep Simon Vincent said many felt “exploited, underpaid and overworked.”

Tesco’s insistence on maintaining its current pay offer – which the workers complain amounts to a little less than 3 per cent – has prompted 63 per cent to vote in favour of industrial action.

Pointing out that another Tesco depot five miles away pays £1.30 per hour more, Mr Vincent said the dispute was “not about Tesco’s ability to pay, it is about their refusal to pay.”

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