July 7, 2014 Leave a comment
On Friday 4th July, Argos workers at the depot near Whitwood took part in the 24-hour strike involving over 1,000 workers across five sites altogether.
Ben Mayor, Leeds Socialist Party
The dispute was over terms and conditions which will mean an increase in weekend working for workers on a 24/7 shift pattern.
At the depot there was a vibrant and enthusiastic picket of around 30 Argos workers. Workers are not prepared to accept the new terms and conditions being thrust upon them by the company, and are opposing a one-off payment to staff of £2,400 which is wholly inadequate in the face of such disruption to family life.
The union rep for the site commented on the huge amount of support that their struggle has received from the community and other workers. “No one is unaffected by what is going on, the bus drivers have a dispute over pay at the minute and this action will affect other depots as well”, she remarked.
She also commented: “If we had known the results of the public sector ballot earlier we would have come out together on the 10th of July”, when over one million public sector workers will be striking over pay and the onslaught of local authority cuts. This highlighted a clear desire amongst union members to organise coordinated action against the cuts, austerity and this government.
This fight is not over, and workers are prepared to continue action if this strike does not bring the employer back to the negotiating table.