G4S strike sparks fears of festive money shortages in banks and outlets | G4S

Greater than 1,000 safety employees who ship money and cash to a few of Britain’s greatest banks and supermarkets have voted to strike in December, elevating the prospect of money shortages in time for Christmas.

A 48-hour strike by 1,156 members of the GMB union who work for safety firm G4S will happen from 3am on December 5, after a 97% vote for industrial motion in a dispute over pay. Nonetheless, solely 665 employees voted within the poll, a turnout of 58%.

A GMB spokesman stated the union was additionally holding a session on the pay deal on the similar time, which may end in members solely submitting another poll.

G4S Money Options purchasers embody Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC in addition to retailers together with Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Boots, and pub chains Wetherspoon and Greene King.

G4S Money Options, a part of Allied Worldwide, initially supplied members a part-salary freeze, then proposed a 4.5% pay rise, in addition to a lump-sum bonus based mostly on contracted hours to assist them by means of the price of dwelling disaster.

The GMB is asking the corporate for a 15% pay rise on behalf of its members to account for rising inflation, which was 11.1% in October.

“Regardless of the large value of dwelling impression members have skilled this yr, the corporate’s provide of 4.5% is just barely larger than your final pay award of 4%,” GMB stated in a discover to members posted on its web site. “Your NNC [national negotiating council] has made it clear to the corporate that every one its affords have mirrored an actual pay lower for members.

A G4S spokesman stated: “We proceed to interact with our staff and unions and hope to succeed in an amicable settlement with out the necessity for industrial motion.

“Within the occasion of a strike, we’ve a contingency plan to reduce disruption to money providers throughout the nation.”

The final time G4S Money Options employees selected to strike, the Financial institution of England allegedly pressured the corporate to extend their provide as a result of the Financial institution’s insurer demanded a minimal staffing stage, the union stated.

Eamon O’Hearn, GMB nationwide officer, stated: “There are low-paid employees doing harmful work, transferring cash that many people nonetheless depend on day-after-day.

“All they’re asking for is a wage that they’ll stay on, that they’ll feed their households, that they’ll deal with their kids this Christmas. G4S Money employees present a vital service. In the event that they exit, we will [expect] scarcity of actual cash throughout the festive interval. “

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