Tomorrow (January 28), striking union members at the B&Q distribution center in Worksop will demonstrate outside Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith’s job fair after he allegedly refused to support them.
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Tomorrow’s protest will be at 10am outside Worksop Masonic Hall, Potter Street.
It is believed that up to 100 protesters could be at the site, where employer B&Q will share information about potential jobs with job seekers.
Unite last week called on Mr Clarke-Smith to support their campaign as workers fight for better pay from their employer Wincanton.
Mr Clarke-Smith also invited people looking for a job or a job change to attend his job fair, which takes place tomorrow.
Members called this response “evasive and ambiguous.”
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our B&Q Fulfillment Center members, and their families, have experienced real hardship due to the poverty wages paid by Wincanton.
“So imagine their anger when the only support Mr Clarke-Smith, who was elected on a promise to step up, can give them is to advise them to attend a job fair where B&Q is recruiting.
“Their own MP seems to be making fun of them.
“Our members’ jobs, wages and conditions are no laughing matter and Unite will defend them to the bitter end.”
Around 450 Wincanton workers, who make up the vast majority of the warehouse workforce, have been on continuous strike since November for pay rates as low as £9.96 an hour.
Last year, Unite members were offered a 4% pay rise which was rejected by 88%.
In response to tomorrow’s protest, Mr Clarke-Smith said: ‘Local people and hard working families are desperate for decent job opportunities, and it is disappointing and quite shameful that Unite has decided to hijack a job fair to play his selfish and juvenile game. political games.
“I have stated many times that I believe that all workers should receive a fair wage and that it should also be commensurate with the cost of living.
“It is not for me to tell individual employers what they should pay their staff.
“Having said that, I understand that the current rate of £9.96 per hour is already above the National Living Wage as well as the upcoming increase to it.
“I also understand that the percentage of pay rise offered is greater than that given to many other workers, including NHS staff.
“Unite should be focused on getting the best deal for B&Q workers, without sabotaging the job prospects of others and intimidating members of the public.”