Strike action looms at COVID vaccine logistics firm over key worker pay
In a move that could disrupt the delivery of COVID-19 and flu vaccinations to the NHS this winter, workers at the healthcare logistics firm Movianto will take strike action later this month over the company’s failure to table a pay offer for this year.
GMB Scotland has served statutory notice to management for action involving twenty-three workers based at Movianto’s distribution in Chapelhall, North Lanarkshire, which serves as a supply chain hub to NHS Scotland and private health providers.
An initial two twenty-four strikes will take place on Friday 28 October and Monday 31 October, with the prospect of more dates being confirmed, involving drivers and warehouse operators.
GMB Scotland Organiser Alan Ritchie said:
“Movianto bosses have left key workers to face the biggest cost of living crisis in forty years without a decent pay rise, while the company’s profits soared during the pandemic - it is another example of everything that’s wrong in the economy.
“The pay increase should have been delivered in April but six months on and with a grim winter rapidly coming down the line it’s scandalous that Movianto continues to drag it heels on bringing forward a decent pay offer for our members’ consultation.
“Movianto’s workers have been a vital cog in the pandemic response and the company’s growth, and they deserve to be valued better for everything they’ve done, but unless management acts fast then strike action later this month looks inevitable.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Alan Ritchie on 07813 541791 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.