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RETAIL union Usdaw launched industrial action ballots at nine Tesco distribution sites today after members overwhelmingly rejected the supermarket’s latest pay offer.
The ballots, which will close on December 6, involve workers at sites in Daventry, Goole, Hinckley, Lichfield, Livingston, Peterborough and Southampton as well as two locations at Magor in south Wales.
If members back walkouts, strike action will take place in the week before Christmas, Usdaw warned.
National officer Joanne McGuinness said: “These workers deserve a decent pay rise as their reward for what they have done — and continue to do — day in, day out.
“Couple that with the rising cost of living and inflation currently running at 6 per cent; the company needs to do better.
“The potential of possible stock shortages in stores in the week before Christmas can be avoided if the company comes back to the table with a better offer.”
A Tesco spokesperson said the firm was disappointed by the ballot, claiming bosses had “put forward a fair and competitive pay offer.”
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