Home Bargains staff receive 15% pay rise.
Byline: Steve Farrell
Home Bargains warehouse staff have received an "inflation-busting" 15% pay rise.
The raise puts the new basic rate at PS10.10 an hour.
The rate exceeds minimum hourly recommendations from the Living Wage Foundation, intended to reflect the real cost of living, at PS9.30 outside London.
The increase follows negotiations between Home Bargains and Unite. Members voted "overwhelmingly to accept" the "inflationbusting" deal, the union said.
Home Bargains - the trading name for TJ Morris - has an RDC in Liverpool and one in Amesbury, Wiltshire.
Unite said it had negotiated the rise for more than 900 Liverpool workers and was still "seeking recognition at the Amesbury distribution centre". However, it is understood both sites have benefited.
Unite also said it had won changes to shift patterns, improving work-life balance, though neither the union nor Home Bargains provided further comment.
"This pay award is excellent news for our hard-working members," said Unite regional officer Steve Gerrard.
"The award demonstrates that management at TJ Morris values the contribution our members give to the business and rewards our members for their commitment and hard work. "Unite enjoys a good working relationship with TJ Morris and this deal demonstrates what can be achieved when employers engage with unions."
Unite had also recently won an 11.4% rise for the variety discounter's lorry drivers, from PS15.85 to PS17.67 an hour over two years, the union said. The deal was agreed after management proposed changes to shifts and payment schedules.
Home Bargains' revenues grew 15% to PS2.5bn in its latest full financial year to 30 June 2019.
Warehouse staff will get an 'inflation-busting' pay rise