Distribution centre discord threatens to cause supply problems for retailer

Argos facing strike action

The UK’s second largest consumer electronics retailer Argos is facing strike action after union Unite said that it was preparing to hold a ballot on any potential action following the rejection of a four per cent pay rise at its distribution centres across the UK.

The union has said that it will be balloting around 2,000 workers at the retailer’s distribution centres in Rugby, Bridgewater, Castleford, Basildon and Heywood, according to Retail Week.

According to the union, the action was sparked after Argos announced its intentions to make changes to its sick pay scheme and implement a monthly pay scheme, instead of carrying on with its weekly payments.

No date has been announced for possible action and it is unclear how much of an impact any strike would have on stores.

Argos’ chief executive recently claimed that that the retailer had overtaken Comet as the second largest consumer electronics retailer in the UK.

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