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Morrisons Workers Vote For Strike Over Pension Changes 

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Morrisons workers at two key UK distribution centers are up for strike action after a row over pension changes. 

Unite union members from the Gadbrook and Wakefield sites, covering roles from stock controllers to administrative staff, have overwhelmingly voted to strike. 

The decision affects roughly 1,000 union members, with a 97 percent approval rate. 

The strikes are scheduled to begin early on 23 May and will continue until the early hours of 26 May, with a second round planned for 13 to 15 June.

The conflict arose after Morrisons proposed alterations to its pension schemes, which Unite claims would make each employee approximately £500 worse annually. 

The supermarket's plans to eliminate a longstanding service award and enforce job role changes have fuelled discontent among the workforce. 

A new, less popular system for measuring warehouse picking rates is also among the contested changes.

“Unite will not stand for such behaviour from any employer, let alone one like Morrisons who is raking in massive profits during a cost-of-living crisis" 

Unite has warned that the strike will likely severely impact Morrisons' operations, especially in stores in north Wales and locations with limited chilled goods storage. 

These strikes come when the cost of living is sharply rising, placing additional strain on workers.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is focused on our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and these unmerited changes to workers’ pensions will leave our members worse off every month.

“Unite will not stand for such behaviour from any employer, let alone one like Morrisons who is raking in massive profits during a cost-of-living crisis. 

“It's flagrant profiteering, and then cutting our members’ take-home pay is a disgrace.”

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Unite national officer Adrian Jones added: “Despite our best efforts over a number of meetings, it seems that Morrisons are not interested in resolving this dispute as they have refused to negotiate over the changes to our members’ pensions and long service awards.

“Along with several other issues we have attempted to get management to see sense and find a way forward but to no avail. 

“Morrisons will now witness the anger and ill-feeling of our members when they see them on picket lines outside their warehouses.”

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