Cyber Monday strike for Topshop depot workers

By Lucy Tandon Copp 28-Nov-2016

GMB members working at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain, have picketed the depot in protest of their current wage

© Hans Olav

Topshop supply depot workers walked out of work today over a dispute about their pay.

Members of the GMB union picketed at 5am outside the depot in Solihull, UK, in protest of their wage. Workers at the centre help in the supply of products sold online by Topshop.

I am very proud of all the GMB members who stuck up for what they believed in and gave Philip Green a bloody nose this morning.

Most of the staff at Spectrum for Arcadia, a division of the DHL Logistics Supply Chain, are paid the national minimum wage of £7.20, which is also the current national living wage.

However, they are campaigning for a pay claim for a Real Living Wage currently set at £8.45 by the Living Wage Foundation.

In the UK, the national minimum wage rate is reviewed every October, while national living wage rates change every April.

From 1 April 2017, the national living wage is due to increase from £7.20 to £7.50, as announced in the Autumn Statement delivered by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

GMB union members were out in force at 5am in the morning

David Warwick, GMB Organiser, said: “I am very proud of all the GMB members who stuck up for what they believed in and gave Philip Green a bloody nose this morning.

"While he was no doubt sunning himself on his luxury yacht, they formed a lively, good spirited picket in conditions that felt more like Siberia than Solihull.

“Hopefully the billionaire former BHS boss will now do they right thing, and give our hard-working members a decent, living wage.”

Topshop/Arcadia did not respond to Cosmetics Business' enquiry.