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Another strike planned for Topshop depot in Solihull

Trade union GMB announces even more industrial action following walkouts last year at the logistics operation of Arcadia in dispute over wages

GMB members strike outside the Spectrum for Arcadia depot in Shirley
GMB members are planning to strike again at the Spectrum for Arcadia depot

Staff at the logistics operation of Topshop owner Arcadia are planning to stage more strike action in a row over wages.

Spectrum for Arcadia staff in Solihull and a sister site in Leeds will walk out for two days on February 24 and 26.

The company is a division of DHL Logistics Supply Chain and supplies products for Arcadia's online sales whose brands include Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and Burton.

Members of trade union GMB were balloted for strike action after their pay claim for a so-called 'real living wage' - currently set at £8.45 by the Living Wage Foundation - was rejected.

This latest action follows similar walkouts on Cyber Monday in November - one of the busiest days of the year for online sales - and then two days of action in December at the plant in Shirley.

Arcadia's chairman is Sir Philip Green who previously owned high street retailer BHS which went into administration last year.

GMB organiser David Warwick said: "Not content with offloading BHS with a £571 million pension black hole, Sir Philip Green now thinks it's OK to leave his hard-working staff without a wage they can live on.

"Previous strikes at the Solihull site haven't got the message home - now Leeds have joined in.

"How much more disruption is he happy to inflict on his customers before he does the decent thing and pays his dedicated long-standing staff properly?"

A spokesperson for DHL Supply Chain said: "We are disappointed GMB has announced its intention to hold industrial action.

"We believe our offer to be fair in the current economic climate. Detailed contingency plans are in place and we are confident there will be minimal disruption to service.

"We urge GMB to return to the negotiating table to meet with us to resolve this matter at the earliest opportunity."



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