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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."