Not So Superdrug

Submitted by Matthew on 19 November, 2009 - 12:12

More than 250 warehouse workers at Superdrug's national distribution centre, in South Elmsall in Yorkshire, are now in their second week of strike action.

Unite members voted 86 percent yes and are now on indefinite strike after being threatened with the sack if they do not sign new contracts imposing wage cuts of £1,800 a year, the withdrawal of overtime premiums and cuts to sick pay and other benefits. Superdrug is also demanding the right to change shift patterns with only seven days notice and trying to force the workers to opt out of the EU’s 48-hour Working Time Directive.

Superdrug, which made £37 million last year, has set up a scabbing operation in Ilkeston in Derbyshire.

The workers have called for solidarity including a boycott of Superdrug shops.

Send messages to superdrugstrikers@yahoo.co.uk and donations to Superdrug Strike Fund, Unite the Union, 55 Calls Lane, Leeds LSE 7BW.

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