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Argos workers to take strike action

Monday July 7th 2008

Argos distribution workers have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

Argos distribution workers across four key regional distribution centres at Basildon, Bridgwater, Heywood and Magna Park
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in Leicestershire will embark on a series of 24 hour strikes with the action escalating to a four day stoppage. Details of the strike dates will be announced next week. Workers rejected the company's pay offer of 4.0 per cent.

Unite national secretary, Jennie Formby, said: "Argos now faces severe disruption to their customer distribution service.

Our members have been working harder and more flexibly. Thanks to them Argos distribution has managed to save over £10 million pounds for the group in the last fifteen months alone. “Many distribution workers earn as little as £17,000 a year for doing back-breaking, essential work for this company. A below inflation wage offer is a pay cut and this is totally unacceptable to our members. They are already struggling to keep up with rising food and energy costs."