NHS delivery drivers have called off a dispute with their employer, Unipart, after accepting a pay offer from the firm, Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 28 January).

The drivers, who are employed nationwide by Unipart, and drive HGV and 7.5 tonne vehicles, deliver NHS general equipment and supplies on behalf of Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), which is wholly owned by the secretary of state for health and social care.

The dispute, involving about 130 drivers ended following a pay offer from Unipart which the membership overwhelmingly (80 per cent) voted in favour of.

Under the deal, the drivers will receive a year’s three per cent increase back dated to April 2019 and a 2.2 per cent increase beginning April 2020, as well as significant improvements to their sick pay. 

Unite regional officer Phil Silkstone said: “This pay deal ensures that Unipart drivers are being paid a fair rate for the job and being covered by adequate sick pay provisions. 

“I would like to thank our members and reps who by standing together have shown that a unionised workforce attains results. 

“This is a solid win for our members and Unite looks forward to working constructively with Unipart in the future.” 

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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