Workers based at the Knowsley warehouse of value retailer Matalan are to vote on their pay packages, following a dispute with management.
Union GMB, which represents the workers, said the dispute arose after staff workers found out that supervisors had been given a £1,500 pay rise with an additional 2% increase.
GMB said that staff pay rises have fallen below inflation rates for “years”.
GMB added that arbitration agency ACAS was brought in to settle the dispute, which has been ongoing for three-and-a-half months, after pay talks broke down.
Workers will vote on Matalan’s final offer, which would raise hourly rates to 20 pence above minimum wage. An outcome is expected on Monday (17 July).
Eddie Gaudie, organiser at union GMB, said: “Warehouse staff work just as hard as supervisors – and should receive comparable rewards.
“It’s up to our members now as to whether they will accept Matalan’s latest offering.”
A spokesperson for Matalan said: “Matalan engages in pay discussions with its workers as a matter of routine every year. This year, we have offered workers in our Knowsley distribution centre pay increases which are above standard cost of living increases for the region and are also above rates of inflation. If accepted they will amount to an annualised pay increase of 3.17%.
“We greatly value all our staff and have worked very hard to make an offer that is fair and appealing in relation to other comparable businesses in the region. We therefore sincerely hope that the minority of our workforce in Knowsley who are members of the union will approve it.”