Warehouse workers employed by retailer TJ Morris (Home Bargains) have received an inflation busting pay increase of 15 per cent.

The workers are employed in various warehouse roles at the regional distribution centre at the Axis business park in Liverpool, and play a key role in ensuring that the organisation’s high street stores are kept fully supplied.

Working conditions improve

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, had been negotiating with the company in recent months on pay, as well as changes to shift patterns and hours of work, which the company was keen to address in order to provide staff with a better work life balance.

Unite members voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal, which will now see in excess of 900 workers benefit.

Excellent news

Unite regional officer Steve Gerrard said: “This pay award is excellent news for our hard working members.

 “The award demonstrates that management at TJ Morris values the contribution our members give to the business and rewards our members for their commitment and hard work.

 “The positive approach of TJ Morris who placed significant emphasis on the work life balance of the pay deal was highly refreshing. The pay deal not only increases workers’ pay, but also provides them with a shorter working week.

 “Unite enjoys a good working relationship with TJ Morris and this deal demonstrates what can be achieved when employers engage with unions.”

The pay deal for the warehouse workers follows the recent deal that Unite negotiated for the lorry drivers at the company which saw pay increase by 11. 4 per cent.

The deal for the warehouse staff brings their contractual hours into line with those of the drivers at the company.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@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.