OUP warehouse staff go on three-day strike

OUP warehouse staff go on three-day strike

<p>Trade union Unite has launched the latest wave of action against Oxford University Press as 99 members began a three day strike at the publisher&#39;s distribution warehouse today (27th October).</p><p>The action followed a one day walkout two weeks ago at the same warehouse in Corby, which was over a pay offer of two per cent. Unite is seeking a pay deal of 4.2%, which is says will allow its wages to catch up with inflation. Last year the workforce had a pay freeze imposed for 2009.</p><p>Tony Burke, assistant general secretary for Unite said: &quot;Our members are determined to win a decent pay increase for this year. They accepted a pay freeze in 2009 when other workers got a pay increase. Unite is fully behind our members and we believe that the company should recognise the strength of our members case and open proper discussions to resolve this dispute.&quot;</p><p>A spokesperson for OUP said: &quot;We believe we have made a fair and reasonable final offer. OUP&rsquo;s pay and benefits for its warehouse employees are very attractive compared to rates for similar roles in the area. We have been keen to maintain constructive dialogue with Unite representatives throughout the negotiation, and are disappointed at the outcome of the ballot.&quot; It said that it does not anticipate any service disruption.</p>