Strike threat by Unite into 'missing' XPO workers' pension contributions
- Thursday 16 May 2019
The possibility of strike action into why the pension contributions of some XPO Logistics UK employees are not being credited to their pension ‘pots’ has been threatened by Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union.
Unite national officer for road transport and logistics Matt Draper repeatedly tried to get iron-clad guarantees at the XPO annual meeting in New York this week that this won’t occur again, but to no avail.
Unite national officer Matt Draper said: “We know that three times in the last nine months some people have had their pension contributions deducted, but the monies have not been credited to their pension ‘pots’.
“Obviously, we take this matter very seriously as this is money for our members’ retirement incomes. We can’t allow these contributions ‘to go walkabout’ somewhere in XPO’s labyrinthine financial structures.
“We understand that these problems have arisen since the company moved to a new payroll provider - we are calling for top executives to instigate a vigorous investigation into this imbroglio.
“We don’t know how many of our nearly 3,000 members in UK have been affected – but one is too many.
“Members’ discontent is rising and there have been calls for industrial action ballots across XPO’s sites if the company can’t resolve this issue quickly. We do know that our members working on the B&Q contract in Doncaster want to be balloted because this has happened more than once.
“At the annual meeting in New York, XPO executives said they are working with anyone affected and aiming to stop this reoccurring. However, because this has happened too many times, warm words are not enough – we want cast iron guarantees this won’t happen again.
“This is becoming a matter of trust and could lead to reputational damage for this global logistical giant which operates in 32 countries with 100,000 employees.”
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.