Threat of industry action at Argos NDC could disrupt Christmas deliveries

Threat of industry action at Argos NDC could disrupt Christmas deliveries

The Unite union has announced that drivers working for Wincanton based at Argos’ flagship national distribution centre (NDC) in Staffordshire are set to strike for three days from midnight on Tuesday 20 December. In a statement sent to Post&Parcel today (13 December), Union said that “the delivery of Christmas gifts from Argos, such as iPhones, could be seriously disrupted”.

The drivers voted by 83% to strike and by 95% for industrial action short of a strike over what Unite describes as “Wincanton’s failure to honour holiday back pay for at least the last two years”.

The Staffordshire site supplies the other seven Argos NDCs across the UK which, in turn, deliver to the Argos shops. Unite said that a strike would have a knock-on effect causing “havoc and mayhem” to deliveries in the crucial days running up to Christmas.

The dispute with Wincanton hinges on how holiday pay is calculated. The management has offered to backdate the holiday pay from April this year.

Unite regional officer Rick Coyle commented: “We can assure Argos customers that strike dates are only being announced as a last resort and that Unite’s door is open 24/7 to try and settle this long-standing dispute.”

In a separate dispute, Wincanton drivers working at the Argos centre in Basildon in Essex are voting on whether to take industrial action over a disciplinary system relating to ‘uncontrolled vehicle movements’. This ballot result is due on Friday (16 December).

Relevant Directory Listings

Listing image


PasarEx is a Colombian company that provides international express transportation services for air cargo, packages and documents, and last mile services for electronic commerce platforms. PasarEx is positioned in the logistics market in Colombia due to its rapid response and personalized attention and the use […]

Find out more

Other Directory Listings




P&P Poll


What's the future of the postal USO?

Thank you for voting
You have already voted on this poll!
Please select an option!

MER Magazine

The Mail & Express Review (MER) Magazine is our quarterly print publication. Packed with original content and thought-provoking features, MER is a must-read for those who want the inside track on the industry.


News Archive

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This