Sainsbury’s may face Christmas supply disruption over lorry drivers pay dispute
Trade union Unite has warned potential walk out could disrupt supply chains ahead of Christmas
Lorry drivers employed by DHL that carry out deliveries for Sainsbury’s in the South West are set to be balloted over strike action in a dispute over pay, Unite has said.
The trade union has warned more than 140 drivers who deliver to the supermarket across the region for the courier on an outsourced contract could walk out, disrupting supply chains in the run-up to Christmas.
Unite said the drivers have been offered a 3% pay increase over an 18-month period, which it called “miserly” and below the current RPI inflation rate of 4.9%.
A two-week ballot will open on Thursday, November 11 and will close on Thursday, November 25. If voted for, Unite said strikes could begin as early as the second week of December.
Unite regional officer Shevaun Hunt said: “Our members are balloting for strike action as, despite protracted negotiations, DHL has failed to make a reasonable pay offer.
“Even at this late stage, DHL can still avoid strike action by returning to the negotiating table and making an offer which meets workers’ expectations.”
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham added the union would be providing its full support to its members in the dispute for “a fair day’s pay.”
A spokesperson for DHL Supply Chain said: “We are disappointed that Unite the union and its members are balloting on industrial action.