Morrisons workers to hold strike ballot in row over pensions

Morrisons store
Morrisons was overtaken by Aldi as the fourth biggest UK grocery retailer last year -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Hundreds of workers at Yorkshire supermarket giant Morrisons are being balloted for industrial action in a dispute over pensions.

Unite said the company had made changes to pensions that would leave workers worse off by around £500 a year. Around 1,000 Unite members working as warehouse stock controllers, cooks, canteen staff and administrators are being balloted for strike action.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is focused on our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and these unmerited changes to workers’ pensions will leave our members worse off every month. Unite will not stand for such behaviour from any employer, let alone one like Morrisons who is raking in massive profits in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. Its flagrant profiteering and then cutting our members’ take-home pay is a disgrace.”

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Morrisons declined to comment.

Recent days have seen workers at Asda - which is also based in Yorkshire - announce a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The GMB said almost 200 of its members at the supermarket giant’s store in Lowestoft, Suffolk, will walk out on May 10 claiming a “litany” of workplace problems. Strikes at other Asda centres have also taken place in recent works

A company spokesperson: “While we are disappointed that the GMB has taken this course of action, we can reassure customers that we have processes in place to minimise any disruption as a result of industrial action by the GMB at our Lowestoft store.

“We have taken practical steps in Lowestoft to address the points raised by the GMB and will continue to engage with their representatives with the aim of reaching an amicable solution for all parties.”