Top 10 Scrooge bosses of the year - Arrow XL

UniteLive highlights this year's worst employers, including logistics firm Arrow XL

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This year throughout the festive period, UniteLive will highlight our top ten worst bosses of the year – employers so miserly and mean that they’d put Scrooge himself to shame.

Today we look at Arrow XL, a logistics firm whose eye-watering fortunes in profits it refuses to share with its workers, many of whom earn the bare minimum wage or only slightly above.

Arrow XL workers, Unite members, undertake two-person deliveries of large items for a host of retailers including Amazon, Very Group, LG Electronics, Richer Sounds, and Buy it Direct.

This year they demanded a decent pay rise as an unprecedented cost of living crisis has hit these low-waged workers particularly hard. But Arrow XL bosses has as of writing offered only a five per cent pay rise – which amounts to a decisive pay cut for workers at a time when the RPI rate of inflation has ballooned past 14 per cent.

But for bosses at Arrow XL, the same parsimony doesn’t extend to its directors –  the company’s highest paid director was paid £539,000 in 2021, an 84 per cent increase on the previous year. Talk about Scrooge employers!

Unite members are currently on all-out, continuous strike action since December 9, with previous, regular strikes taking place all the way back since October.

Unite members at Arrow XL also staged a protest outside the prestigious Logistics UK Awards earlier this month, where the company has a significant presence.

Commenting, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Arrow XL’s billionaire owners are guilty of paying poverty wages and Unite will expose this travesty at every opportunity.

“Arrow XL needs to stop prevaricating and return to the negotiating table with a fair offer.

“Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always defends its members’ jobs, pay and conditions. Unite will leave no stone unturned in the support for our members at Arrow XL.”

Stay tuned tomorrow for more Scrooge bosses.

By UniteLive team