G4S workers, who deliver cash and coins to banks, vote for a 48-hour strike in a wage dispute.
Hundreds of workers at British security company G4S voted in favor of a 48-hour strike in early December in a dispute over wages, according to the GMB union, warning the strike could cause cash shortages over the Christmas period.
G4S workers deliver cash and coins to banks including Barclays, HSBC and Santander, as well as Tesco, Asda and Aldi supermarkets, the union said in a statement on Tuesday.
A spokesman for G4S, which was acquired by US group Allied Universal last year, said the company continued to interact with its employees and the union.
“[We] I hope to reach an amicable agreement without the need for industrial action,” the spokesperson said.
The union said 97 percent of its G4S members who took part in a vote backed the industrial action, which will start at 03:00 GMT on December 4 and last 48 hours initially.
Their discontent is part of a broader industrial malaise in the country this year, as wage increases fail to keep pace with skyrocketing inflation.
“G4S Cash staff provide an absolutely vital service,” said Eamon O’Hearn, GMB National Officer.
“All they ask for is a salary they can live on, that they can feed their families, that they can treat their children this Christmas.”