There has been the threat of a strike by lorry drivers at two UK firms supplying the construction industry as well as convenience stores. This threat has raised the prospect of further disruption this autumn amid Britain’s worst supply chain meltdown since the 1970s.
The threat of strike action comes as severe shortages of workers and raw materials trigger widespread disruption across the British economy, in a crisis caused by the fallout from Covid, Brexit and years of underinvestment.
A group of drivers at the Booker distribution network, which is part of Tesco, and more than 200 drivers and engineers at Hanson, the cement producer, have moved closer to industrial action in disputes over pay and conditions.
Union leaders warned the pay disputes risked increasing the supply shortage crisis hitting many parts of the UK economy because of a lack of HGV drivers, coming after years of firms underpaying staff and offering poor working conditions.
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