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Tesco distribution staff at Dagenham vote for strikes over pay

Dagenham, UK: Usdaw members at Tesco’s Dagenham distribution centre, which supplies products to convenience stores within the Greater London area, are urging the company to improve its pay offer following an overwhelming vote for industrial action.

Usdaw members working at Tesco Dagenham have voted by 70.1%, on a turnout of 62.6%, to take industrial action after the company failed to make an pay offer acceptable to staff. The most recent offer, which has been rejected by Usdaw members, was worth less than 3% over 12 months.

Usdaw hopes that the company will now return to the negotiating table with a significantly improved offer so that industrial action can be avoided.

An Usdaw spokesperson says: “Usdaw has engaged positively with Tesco during the 2017 pay review, but the company has so far failed to make an offer acceptable to our members. This breakdown in negotiations has forced Usdaw to conduct an industrial action ballot and our members have overwhelmingly backed a series of 24-hour strikes.

“It is deeply regrettable that the company has pushed our members to this point and we urge them to bring forward an offer in line with our members’ expectations.”