GXO Logistics drivers working on the B&Q contract at the Cambuslang depot, near Glasgow, have rejected a below inflation pay offer and voted to take strike action.

Union Unite said the strike is supported by 100% of its members at the depot on a turnout of 96.7%.

In a statement, the union said: “GXO Logistics’ turnover last year was £1.2bn - up 20% from the previous year. In the same time, the pay of the highest paid directors increased by 100% to £1.3m from £651,000. Yet despite this, the company could only offer a pay increase well below the current inflation rate of RPI 7.1%.”

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, added: “Unite has continued to highlight the issues within the road haulage industry which need to be tackled if the industry is to overcome the current crisis. One is improved conditions for drivers, another improved pay.

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“If GXO in Cambuslang don’t pay their workers the increased rates lorry drivers can get elsewhere they need to understand they could pay a price. From all sides getting back to negotiations would be best. If not, we have a huge mandate to take industrial action to push the union claims.”

Unite regional officer, Charlie McDonald, said: “Drivers on the B&Q contract are rightly angry that they are being told that their pay offer will not even match the current levels of inflation, particularly given the huge profits they have generated for the company during a global pandemic.”

“For years HGV drivers have been undervalued in this sector, they are no longer prepared to accept low-ball pay offers. Unite are prepared to return to the negotiating table if GXO are prepared to make a fair and sensible offer.”

Responding, a GXO spokesperson said: “We are committed to being an employer of choice for our employees and our customers. Discussions are ongoing in order to reach agreement with all parties involved.”