Union backs strike action
Newspaper deliveries could be hit as distribution staff go on strike over a pay dispute.
At least 300 staff at Menzies Distribution will take industrial action following a pay offer which Unite, the country’s largest union, describes as “pitiful”.
Menzies, which has distribution depots on the Orbital Park in Ashford and at the Larkfield Trading Estate, near Maidstone, delivers national and local newspapers and magazines.
In a statement released by Unite on Thursday last week, the union said the pay offer of £7.25 an hour is only 5p above the new national living wage of £7.20 and double time and bank holiday pay have been wiped out.
Unite members voted with 86% in favour of strike action before the end of the month.
Menzies serves 29,500 retail customers and delivers 7.4 million copies of 630 newspapers and 3,300 magazines, including KM Group titles. Its drivers make 207,000 deliveries a week. A Menzies spokesman said: “We are engaged in further discussions with the union, and are optimistic a resolution can be achieved.”