- G4S workers, who hand out cash and coins to banks, vote to strike for 48 hours in a wage dispute.
Hundreds of workers at British security company G4S voted to strike for 48 hours in early December in a wage dispute, according to the GMB union, warning that the strike could cause cash shortages over the Christmas period.
G4S workers hand over cash and coins to banks, including Barclays, HSBC, and Santander, as well as supermarkets Tesco, Asda, and Aldi, the union said in a statement on Tuesday.
A spokesman for G4S, which was bought by U.S. group Allied Universal last year, said the company continued to engage with its employees and the union.
“We hope to reach an amicable settlement without the need for industrial action,” the spokesman said.
The union said 97 percent of its G4S members who took part in a vote had backed the industrial action, which will start at 03:00 GMT on Dec. 4 and last 48 hours initially.
“G4S Cash staff provides a vital service,” said GMB National Officer Eamon O’Hearn.
“All they ask for is a salary that they can live on, that they can feed their families on, that they can treat their children this Christmas.”
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