Argos, Aldi, Very and Marks & Spencer’s deliveries could soon be dramatically disrupted as Yodel couriers vote to launch strike action.
Yodel says that 98 per cent of the 250 drivers it balloted voted in favour of striking in what the GMB union said was a “massive vote in favour of taking industrial action over pay and working conditions.”
GMB officials are now set to meet with the drivers, who operate at depots in Hatfield, Glasgow and Wednesbury, to discuss dates to launch the strike.
The action comes as the retail industry grapples with a desperate shortage of HGV drivers already causing major disruption to supply chains across the country.
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According to the GMB’s national officer Nadine Houghton this makes it a key time workers to organise.
“With acute labour shortages across a range of sectors the time for working people to organise and take action to improve their lot is right now,” she said.
The strike action is a reaction to issues regarding pay, with the fact that agency workers are being paid more than directly employed driver amid the shortage a key point of contention.
Other issues raised include an alleged lack of payouts in lieu of annual leave and failures to honour contractual agreements regarding holiday pay and sick leave.
The union said: “GMB members working for Yodel will immediately be agreeing dates for their first round of strikes and with the majority of Yodel’s drivers voting to walk out, parcel deliveries will be significantly hit.
“We urge any drivers not yet organised into a union to follow the example set by Yodel’s drivers – join the GMB, get organised and fight for what you’re worth.”
A Yodel spokesperson said: “We are in ongoing, meaningful talks with GMB officials, with a further meeting scheduled for next week.
“We will continue to work in good faith and remain committed to finding a resolution for our valued transport colleagues on any outstanding matters.”