Morrisons workers to strike over having £500 each wiped from bank account

Morrisons workers are set strike at two warehouses amid pensions row. Almost 1,000 workers at two Morrisons warehouses will strike for the next three days over a cut in company contributions to their pensions.

The staff at Morrisons, which is rivalled by the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Aldi and Lidl, say the changes are worth £10 million a year. The staff at the sites in Gadbrook, Cheshire, and Wakefield, West Yorkshire, who earn between £12 and £13 an hour, say they will lose out by an average of £500 a year each.

The roles affected are warehouse stock controllers, cooks, canteen staff, and administrators. Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, has accused the supermarket – which is struggling to cope with high levels of debt after a £7bn takeover by the US private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice in 2021 – of “planning to fleece workers”.

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She said: “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 during a cost of living crisis.”

Morrisons said the two warehouses affected by industrial action were continuing to operate but at “reduced capacity”. “We have put in place detailed contingency plans across the business and are confident that our customers, stores, suppliers and partners will not be significantly affected,” a spokesperson said, adding that the company was “open to further dialogue with the union”.

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They said: “We have made a number of new proposals to Unite, including a 9% pay award, a new service award scheme, and improvements to the planned future pension scheme changes. Disappointingly, Unite has chosen to reject these new proposals without putting them to its members, and instead are continuing with strike action at two out of our seven logistics sites, initially over three days.”