Industrial action at Morrisons warehouses called off after workers accept new deal

Warehouse and logistics workers in Yorkshire and Cheshire have accepted new terms and conditions from Bradford-headquartered supermarket chain Morrisons, following a dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions.

Hundreds of workers took part in strike action last month over proposed changes to their pension contributions, which they say would have left them hundreds of pounds a year worse off.

Additional issues surrounding pay and conditions were also the subject of the dispute.

Unite union general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “This is a great win for our members at Morrisons and shows the real power of a union in the workplace.

“I’m delighted they have achieved their goals and that the supermarket has seen sense and come up with an acceptable outcome.”
Following a ballot on the new offer from Morrisons workers will contribute the same amount as presently towards their pension, ensuring their financial stability.

Further improved benefits include a new Service Award scheme which will pay up to £350 for long-service milestones.

From 1 July 2024 a 9% increase will be applied on all rates of pay including weekend incentive premiums and freezer allowance with the existing additional anti-social hours shift pay maintained.

Unite adds that Morrisons will be conducting reviews of “pick rates” and job roles “in a transparent manner and with full union involvement.”

Unite national officer, Adrian Jones, added: “Our members took to the picket line and were prepared to disrupt supplies to Morrisons’ stores to make their anger felt.

“They stood strong and have won an important workplace victory including improved pay and conditions as well as protecting their pension contributions.

“Instead of being hundreds of pounds out of pocket they are thousands of pounds up. This is further evidence that if you want your employer to hear your voice loud and clear, join a union.”