Topshop could experience stock disruption later this month amid strike action

Topshop could experience stock disruption later this month amid strike action

Arcadia's Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton Menswear stores could face stock disruption later this month as logistics workers prepare for fresh industrial action with a two-day strike over wages.

Workers at Spectrum, the distribution arm of Arcadia Group, have been locked in a battle over salaries and contracts for some months, with many already having taken part in a strike on Cyber Monday (28 November), one of the busiest trading days of the year.

The GMB trade union says its members balloted for strike action after their claims for a real living wage – currently set at GBP8.45 (US$10.50) by the Living Wage Foundation – fell on deaf ears. It is now planning fresh strike action at both the Leeds and Solihull distribution centres on 24 and 26 February.

The union says the strike action follows calls from MPs to strip Arcadia owner, Sir Philip Green, of his knighthood and seize his GBP100m yacht to plug a pension black hole in his former company BHS.

GMP adds the industrial action is likely to throw Arcadia's Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Burton Menswear deliveries into chaos.

"Not content with offloading BHS with a GBP571m pension black hole, Sir Philip Green now thinks it's OK to leave his hard-working staff without a wage they can live on," says David Warwick, GMB organiser.

"Previous strikes at the Solihull site haven't got the message home – now Leeds has joined in. How much more disruption is he happy to inflict on his customers before he does the decent thing and pays his dedicated long-standing staff properly?"

BHS went into administration in April last year, and in June the administrators announced plans to liquidate the BHS UK business, after more than eight decades of trading and with the loss of up to 11,000 jobs. The retail chain's final stores closed down in August.

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