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G4S strike ballot risks ATM's running out of cash

09 Sep 2021
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 GMB members working for G4S cash services will take part in a strike ballot after the company made an ‘insulting’ 0% pay offer.  

If the 1,400 workers walk out, the UK faces its cash cycle being severely hampered, including ATM’s running out of money and holiday makers unable to access foreign currency with a significant proportion of cash in transit services coming to a standstill. 

G4S, now owned by Allied Universal, would face strike action come at a time of severe labour shortages across the industry. 

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:  

"The cash industry has been severely impacted both by covid and a reduction in the use of cash across society. 

“GMB members have accepted this as a reason for real terms pay cuts, but now they’ve had enough. 

“Their labour is in demand and most of them could get a better paid job tomorrow.  

“Despite this – and a significant risk of being attacked while doing their job - many are loyal and want to stay, but only if they are paid what they are worth.  

"We submitted a claim for 7.5%; we got an offer of 0%. It’s insulting and a massive kick in the teeth for our members. 

"We now have no choice but to hold a ballot for industrial action. Our members know their worth. “ 

 

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