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More than 1,800 vote to strike at Wilko

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05 Sep 2019
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Thousands of Wilko staff have voted to strike after the company tried to force staff to work weekends. 

Around 1,600 GMB members at two Wilko distribution centres – in Magor, Wales and Worksop, Nottinghamshire – will walk out following the vote.

Dates of the strike are yet to be confirmed.

The industrial action is expected to cripple Wilko deliveries to stores across the UK.

Nicola Savage, GMB Organiser, said: 

“More than 84% of votes were cast for strike action. It's clear how angry workers are about this brutal new rota system. 

“Wilko prides itself on being a family run company – but they’re imposing contracts that will force staff to work on the weekends, splitting up family time, without the agreement of their employees. 

“It’s clear now that those values don’t extend outside the Wilkinson family.

“We’ve tried to negotiate with management again and again – but they don’t want to know. Our members feel backed into a corner, and strike action is the only option left open to them.”

 
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