HGV drivers working for Wynnstay Agricultural Supplies Limited have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action to oppose draconian changes to their terms and conditions. A ballot of HGV drivers working from both the Llansantfraid and Camarthen depots delivered an 82 per cent result in favour of industrial action, which will commence with a 24-hour strike on 2 March.

Wynnstay has imposed dramatic changes to its pay structure of its HGV drivers which is resulting in an earnings drop of up to 25 per cent but with an increase in contractual hours, despite no agreement with the workforce.

Jo Goodchild, Unite regional officer, commented: “The changes to our members contracts and the effect on their earnings are completely unacceptable. The actions of Wynnstay have resulted in a lot of anger amongst the HGV drivers affected and this is reflected in the overwhelming vote by the drivers to take industrial action.

"Our members feel that they have not been listened to and left with no choice but to strike. The company’s actions are misjudged and fail to reflect the dedication and commitment of its loyal workforce. Wynnstays need to take stock and think very carefully upon what its workforce is saying to it. If these changes are not reversed then a sustained period of industrial action lies ahead.”

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Notes to editors

  • Industrial action will be taken by Wynnstay Agricultural Supplies Ltd HGV drivers at both its Llansantfraid and Camarthen depots.

The action will commence with a 24-hour strike on the 2 March 2020. This will be followed by an overtime ban from 3 March to 8 March.

For further information please contact Glyn Conolly on 07974 131771.

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