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JD Wetherspoon brings forward pay rise in face of strike ballot

JD WETHERSPOON’S decision to bring forward an annual pay rise for staff shows “the power that we have when we work together,” activists said today.

The chain has brought forward a pay rise due in February next year to this November.

Workers at The Bright Helm and The Post & Telegraph in Brighton, who are currently being balloted for strike action for recognition of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) and a £10 hourly rate, said the pay rise showed the pub chain was afraid of organised workers.

Chris Heppell, kitchen team leader at The Post & Telegraph, said: “If this is how they respond to two pubs just threatening to take action, imagine what we can achieve when we all come together in a union across the country.”

Katie Southworth, team leader at The Bright Helm in Brighton, said: “Their increase is small and been presented as simple generosity. We know this is not the case.

“By bringing the pay award forward to November, Wetherspoons has highlighted the power that we have when working together in a union.”

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