Fears over New Year beer shortage as massive worker strike threatened

Strikers are set cause chaotic beer shortages in the New Year after threatening to take industrial action over pay.

Union chiefs claim as many as 1,700 staff members at GXO Logistics – a company that manages supply chains and warehousing – haven’t been paid properly following problems with a new payroll system.

Chiefs say the workers have had to put up with consistent shortfalls in wages and overtime payments for nine months.

It could spell trouble for boozy Brits looking to enjoy a tipple in 2022, as GXO moves drinks to 20,000 pubs, clubs and restaurants.

They are responsible for a whopping 40% of Heineken deliveries, The Mirror reports.

A full vote for the strike will take place next month after a huge majority of Unite the Union members backed the plans.

Members affected by the payroll problems are employed on the GXO primary and secondary logistics contracts.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “It is completely unacceptable.

“The payroll system brought in by GXO is a complete mess that has caused great anxiety as wages are either short and/or not paid on time. GXO bosses need to get this sorted out quickly.

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“A ballot for strike action could lead to deliveries being severely disrupted in 2022.”

Unite national officer for the food industry Joe Clarke added: “The depth of anger that our members feel about being ‘short changed’ for the last nine months was reflected in the near unanimous vote for a strike ballot.

“It is time to end this payroll chaos.”

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The Daily Star has reached out to GXO for a comment.

It’s not the first time industrial action has been threatened at the company – a planned walk-out by some staff in August was cancelled after workers were offered a 4% pay rise.

The company had previously offered staff a wage increase of 1.4% but Unite called this "paltry" and said it is "well below the current RPI inflation rate of 3.9%".

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