GXO drivers and draymen vote to strike
London and South East pubs face beer shortages during delivery strikes
The strikes, which are yet to be scheduled, by drivers and draymen employed by GXO Logistics, are over plans to close the company’s Dagenham depot.
The closure would result in major job losses while also dramatically increasing the workload of the remaining drivers at the company’s Croydon, Faversham and Greenford depots.
GXO Logistics rejected proposals by Unite that would have kept the Dagenham depot open.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Unite’s members are not going to stand by and allow GXO Logistics to make needless job cuts, while forcing the remaining workers to increase already unmanageable workloads.
“Unite is entirely dedicated to defending its members jobs, pay and conditions. The workers at GXO Logistics will receive Unite’s complete support.”
GXO Logistics delivers to around 4,500 pubs, clubs and bars in London and the South East. Its main customers include Heineken, Shepherd Neame, Whitbread, Admiral Taverns and the EL Group. If the dispute is not resolved, it could result in beer shortages during the World Cup and in the run up to Christmas.
Unite regional officer Paul Travers added, “Strike action will inevitably cause severe disruption to the pubs and bars who rely on GXO Logistics for their beer supplies, but this dispute is entirely of the company’s own making.”
By Ryan Fletcher