Gist is facing almost two weeks of strike action from warehouse staff as the result of a pay difference dispute. Unite said 20 of its members voted unanimously to hold 12 24-hour strikes at the operator’s M&S DC in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. The pickers and loaders are protesting an £8,000 annual pay gap between them and other members of staff performing the same role. The Three Cherry Trees site delivers food to M&S stores across London and the South East. […]
Gist blamed one-off pension costs and retailers’ squeezing of supply chain providers for a 23% fall in pre-tax profit last year, but it still saw turnover rise by 7.2%. For the year ended 31 December 2011 pre-tax profit fell to just under £18.8m, from £24.5m the previous year. However, turnover rose 7.2% year-on-year from £379m to £406m. Gist chief executive Martin Gwynn told Motortransport.co.uk: “Business performance remains robust. Excluding the effect of the one-off pension charges, profit increased year-on-year despite […]
A dispute over the transfer of 87 Coventry-based Co-operative Food drivers to haulier Eddie Stobart looks set to be resolved after further negotiations.