Pensions strike

NLTUC secretary Hugh Gaffney (far left) gives his support to the strikers
NLTUC secretary Hugh Gaffney (far left) gives his support to the strikers

Workers at the Argos depot in Newhouse braved the winter storms last Thursday as they held a one day strike over the future of their pensions.

Following the takeover of the subcontract by Norbert Dentressangle from Transport Development Group, the employees face a £60 per month reduction in pension contributions.

Negotiations with Dentressangle broke down leading to the one day strike, that was supposed to last from midnight to midnight, but was called off at 3pm after the company suspended all deliveries for the high due to the high winds.

Local Unite union rep Scott McDade said: “The strike was a tremendous success, only 27 of the 65 drivers were affected, but none of the others would cross the picket line.

“I would like to thank all the messages of support sent from across Scotland and the STUC, to the workforce and the members who were standing outside in the worst possible weather, united in defence of our pension.”

The strikers will meet with directors of Norbert Dentressangle on Friday, December 16.

Full story in December 15 edition of Times & Speaker