Around 155 staff based at an Argos warehouse in Kettering, employed by logistics organisation Wincanton, will receive a 19% pay increase by 2022.
In 2017, 145 employees were transferred from an operating site in Magna Park, Leicestershire, to the site in Kettering; these individuals remained on a higher salary than the existing staff, which led to disruption among the workforce.
The agreed deal ensures that staff on the lower rate of pay will receive a 19% pay increase by 2022, rising wages from £10 an hour to £11.88 an hour. Employees on the higher rate of pay will also receive a payment worth around 6% of salary.
Mick Orpin, regional officer at Unite, said: “[Unite] has now negotiated parity for the workforce by securing a 19% pay increase for the lower paid [employees]. The remaining [staff] also received a payment worth 6% and they overwhelmingly supported the deal. It now means the [employees] are strong, organised and united. This was a complex set of negotiations, but the deal delivers for the entire workforce.”
Wincanton was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.