You can read 19 more articles this month
WILKO workers have asked bosses for more hours as part of this year’s pay review, general union GMB revealed today.
Unionised staff at London and the East of England branches will ask for more work hours per week and more full-time roles.
GMB regional organiser Keith Dixon said that he was “humbled” to receive letters from members about how lack of work and pay was affecting their lives.
He said: “These letters included stories of members who have pleaded with the company for extra hours so that they can buy food, buy Christmas presents for their children and pay for electricity at home.
“In addition to these, there were also a number of letters which praised Wilko and fellow workers upon the way in which they treat and engage with their team members in work.
“Retail pay has for many years been low compared with equivalent roles in other industries. This includes similar roles within distribution depots.
“Retail has also tried to move towards short contracted shifts instead of full-time roles.”
Sixty per cent of the members took part in a consultation over what matters should be included on the pay review agenda. The feedback from members is being sent to the national negotiators.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.