As per previous communication, a further meeting was arranged for today in relation to the frequency of weekend working and has now concluded.
The company reiterated their wish to work with GMB collaboratively on behalf of its members to resolve the current dispute and presented their final proposal that they hoped would achieve this.
The proposal included:
- The recruitment of some weekend-only workers
- A slight reduction in the amount of stores accepting weekend deliveries
- A minor reduction in frequency of Saturdays worked for members on 5/6 contracts
GMB have been clear that any proposed resolution would need to be for all members regardless of contract or level and also that any proposal would need to be a tangible shift and significant improvement for GMB to put back to our members.
Having assessed the company proposal, GMB have today informed Wilko that GMB rejected the offer on behalf of all our members and intend to move to a formal ballot for industrial action.
GMB National Office will now meet with Regional Organisers and GMB Convenors from both DCs to agree and finalise the finer details of how a ballot will be worded and conducted. We understand that all members will be eager to know all information relating to the matter and please be assured that you will be updated at the earliest opportunity.
In the meantime, please take the time to ensure your contact details are fully up-to-date, particularly if you didn’t receive an indicative ballot paper. We cannot stress enough how important it is that all details are accurate. Please see your GMB representative who will check your details and update accordingly if necessary.
Posted: 21st May 2019