A new dispute has broken out between Morrisons and the GMB union just weeks before the ballot box result on an all-out-strike is due.
The GMB has accused Morrisons of working on secret plans to shut down two former Safeway distribution centres in Alyesford, Kent and Warrington, Cheshire. GMB national officer Jude Brimble said: “We call on Morrisons either to deny these plans or to come clean and tell our 2,000 members who work for them what is planned.”
A spokesman for Morrisons said speculation about the future shape of its distribution network was to be expected given that the Safeway store conversion process was coming to an end and stores had been sold. “We have made no secret of the fact that a thorough review of the distribution
network is currently under way and we hope to share the results of this review in the near future.”
The T&G and GMB are balloting Morrisons’ distribution workers for action over pay and conditions and the result is due within two weeks.
As The Grocer went to press, Asda looked to have avoided strike action over pay that was planned for the bank holiday weekend at its Washington depot in Tyne & Wear.