Logistics firm Unipart will take part in pay talks mediated by the conciliation service Acas before a ballot for strike action by low paid NHS lorry drivers goes ahead, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 17 December). 

The lorry drivers, who are employed by Unipart and are on low pay for their industry, deliver general NHS supplies across the country and are asking for a pay rise in line with inflation, as well as full sick pay benefits.

Unipart agreed to take part in Acas talks, scheduled to take place this week, after previous pay negotiations collapsed and Unite served notice that some 130 members who drive various delivery vehicles will be balloted for strike action between 23 December and 13 January.

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “Our members would much rather resolve this through Acas rather than having to escalate the dispute by balloting for strike action.

“But the fact is that they are sick and tired of being paid below standard wages for the industry they work in, even though they carry out a stressful job delivering NHS supplies across the country.

“Unipart’s decision to take part in Acas talks with Unite is a positive step and we hope that this will lead to the dispute being resolved without any further action being taken.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Unite calls for Acas talks with Unipart and SCCL after NHS lorry driver pay negotiations fail: https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2019/december/unite-calls-for-acas-talks-with-unipart-and-sccl-after-nhs-lorry-driver-pay-negotiations-fail/

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.

Email: ryan.fletcher@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.