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Newspaper delivery disruption as Menzies strikes

Major newspaper distributor Menzies Distribution is set to leave newsagents nationwide without deliveries as staff prepare to strike on the 23rd and the 26th of September, following what union Unite branded a ‘pitiful’ pay offer.

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Following a ‘pitiful’ pay offer, staff at Menzies Distribution will strike for two days, causing major newspaper delivery disruption

Representatives from Unite, the country’s largest trade union, advise commuters that stations will experience major disruption to newspaper deliveries, especially in the south east region and Scotland.


The strike was triggered by April’s pay rise of just 5 pence above the National Living Wage of £7.20, with workers now getting just basic pay for working on bank holidays, instead of double time pay and time off in lieu for seven out of eight bank holidays.


Negotiations have been underway for three months, but a mutual agreement was not reached, and members of the union will strike for 24 hours on Friday 23rd September and 24 hours on Monday 26th September.

It is still not too late to avert this industrial action and we urge the management to get around the negotiating table and put forward a pay award that truly reflects the hard work that our members do 24/7

Unite national officer for the graphical, paper, and media sector Ian Tonks comments: “For the first time ever our members working for Menzies Distribution are taking strike action – a sign of their strong rejection of the pitiful pay offer.
 
“The strikes will cause severe disruption to the distribution of newspapers and magazines to newsagents and railway stations, particularly in the south east and Scotland.
 
“The wiping out of extra pay and time off for bank holidays has caused particular anger among our members, which has been compounded by the bosses’ obsessive addiction to minimum wage pay levels.
 
“It is still not too late to avert this industrial action and we urge the management to get around the negotiating table and put forward a pay award that truly reflects the hard work that our members do 24/7.”   


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