More than 1,000 security workers who deliver cash and coins to some of the UK’s biggest banks and supermarkets have voted to strike in December, prompting potential cash shortages in the run-up to Christmas.
The strike by 1,200 members of the GMB union who work for the security company G4S is due to take place from 3am on 4 December, after 97% of workers voted for industrial action in a row over pay.
G4S Cash Solutions clients include Barclays, Lloyds and HSBC as well as retailers including Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Morrisons and Boots, and the pub chains Wetherspoon’s and Greene King.
G4S Cash, part of Allied International, initially offered members a part-pay freeze, and then proposed a 4% pay rise and a lump-sum bonus based on contracted hours, the GMB said.
The last time G4S Cash Solutions workers voted to strike, the Bank of England is thought to have pressured the company into improving their offer because the Bank’s insurer demanded minimum staffing levels, the union said.
Eamon O’Hearn, the GMB national officer, said: “There are low-paid workers doing a dangerous job, transferring the cash so many of us still rely on every day.
“All they are asking for is a wage they can live on, that they can feed their families on, that they can treat their children this Christmas on. G4S Cash staff provide an absolutely vital service. If they walk out, we can [expect] genuine cash shortages over the festive period.”
G4S Cash has been contacted for comment.