Belfast Telegraph

Primark workers to strike over pay freeze

Workers at Primark stores in Northern Ireland are to strike this weekend.

Usdaw union members voted for industrial action in protest at the company’s decision to impose a two-year pay freeze.

Union representatives at Primark met last week to confirm industrial action by staff following a ballot which showed 88% of members in favour of going on strike.

All of Primark’s eight stores in Northern Ireland will be picketed on both Friday and Saturday by Usdaw members.

The union said the strike is the result of Primark’s failure to offer staff a pay rise for the past two years, despite the company making profits of £644m between September 2009 and September 2011 and sales in the store continuing to increase.

It said that in 2010, Usdaw members reluctantly agreed to accept a pay freeze, but that decision was taken on the understanding that the company would not expect employees to accept a pay freeze for two years running.

No-one from Primark could be contacted for comment last night.

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