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Lynx shrugs off threat from pay strikers.

Lynx Express faces strike action this Friday and next Monday, but it remains unclear what affect the pay dispute walk-out will have.

The Nuneaton-based company which employs more than 3,000 across the UK, claims the strike will only involve a number of its operations in Scotland; while the Transport and General Workers Union, which called for the strike, maintains it will spread further afield - affecting many of Lynx's 35 UK depots.

The company said the 'overwhelming majority' of its employees are from sites in England and Wales where formal collective representation is via the RMT union and are not part of the T&GWU.

The RMT accepted the company's 2004/05 wage award several weeks ago by national referendum.

'A small group of employees at Lynx depots in Scotland are not represented by the RMT, but by the T&GWU,' Lynx said in a statement. 'These workers have not accepted the wage award deal and have conducted a ballot for industrial action.'

Lynx said about 166 workers were eligible to vote in the ballot and only 103 actually voted.

The T&G said at least 240 members were balloted.

A letter from the Electoral Reform Services, which ran the ballot, said 56 members voted in favour of action, and 47 were against it.

Lynx said: 'Regardless of the fact that the T&GWU clearly have negligible support for industrial action they are attempting to disrupt business at Lynx Express. This dispute is isolated and will not impact on company operations.'

The company added that it was disappointed by the attitude of the T&GWU, especially as a settlement has been reached with the larger body of employees represented by the RMT.

However Steve Turner, T&G national secretary for transport, said Lynx's offer was seen as an insult to the union's members, who he said work extremely hard for low basic rates of pay and over long hours to make a living.

'Our message is clear to Lynx and the rest of the parcels sector. We're calling time on long hours and low pay,' he said.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 2, 2004
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