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Arcadia's online depot workers to strike on Cyber Monday

Workers at Arcadia’s online depot in Shirley, Solihull, have voted to strike on Cyber Monday in a row over pay.

Around 75 workers at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of DHL Logistics Supply Chain, are set to walk out on one of the busiest days of the year for online retail.

GMB union members at the depot, which serves Arcadia brands including Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton, voted to strike in support of a pay claim for the Real Living Wage, which is currently set at £8.45 by the Living Wage Foundation.

Most workers at the depot are paid the national minimum wage of £7.20.

A series of pay talks including industrial peacemaker ACAS have failed to move the company’s position and a deadline for further discussions set for today has not been met, reported GMB.

It said further GMB action is planned in the run-up to Christmas.

“We are disappointed that the GMB has announced its intention to hold industrial action,” said a spokeswoman for DHL Supply Chain. ”We believe our offer to be reasonable in the current economic climate.

”Detailed contingency plans are in place and we are confident that there will be no disruption to service. We urge the GMB to return to the negotiating table to meet with us to resolve this matter at the earliest opportunity.”

Arcadia declined to comment.


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