Argos depot staff on strike at Magna Park, Lutterworth, over pensions
Hundreds of workers have gone on strike at a retail depot in a row over pensions.
Argos is closing its final salary pension scheme and the Unite union said new employees would be up to 10 per cent worse off in retirement.
The strike, at Argos's national depot at Magna Park, Lutterworth, began yesterday and will continue for five days.
The company said no stores would be affected. Between 250 and 300 depot staff – out of a workforce of about 450 – are on strike.
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Unite organiser Paresh Patel said: "The current pension plan is being closed to new members and there's a new scheme that the company says is more affordable.
"Unite believes there are ways to keep the current scheme in place with some compromises but the company has rejected our ideas.
"The outcome will vary for new employees depending on their earnings but they'll be about 10 per cent worse off."
A spokeswoman for Argos's parent company, Home Retail Group, said: "Despite only 30 per cent of union members voting in favour of industrial action, Unite has decided to proceed with strike action."