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Argos delivery drivers suspend planned Christmas strike


This Christmas has threatened disruption on the delivery side with a number of planned strikes set to thwart the delivery experience.
But Argos at least has called off its planned action. Delivery drivers at the retailer had voted earlier in the week to strike for three days from 20 December. The drivers work for Wincanton, one of the firms used by Argos to deliver from its national distribution centre near Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.

The drivers had claimed a failure by the company to pay holiday back pay for the last two years. 83% of drivers had voted for the strike action.

However a new pay deal was struck during talks with the union Unite.

“All industrial action has now been suspended pending a ballot on the terms of the agreement among Unite members, and at this important time of year, the Argos business will be unaffected,” said a spokesperson for Wincanton.

The Post Office meanwhile plans to hold five days of strikes from next Monday which will impact mainly on the 300 main Crown Post Offices in UK towns and cities.

Image credit: Argos

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