Pub workers and fast-food delivery workers latest to launch strike action

There are risks of Christmas shortages at the likes of Burger King (Picture: Getty Images)

Hundreds of workers who deliver food to Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut and Wagamama have backed a strike over pay that will threaten supplies.

The GMB union said the majority of members employed by Bestfood who took part in the ballot were in favour of industrial action.

Strike dates will be announced soon.

National officer Nadine Houghton said: ‘The parent companies of Bestfood – Booker and Tesco – are making serious money.

‘Shareholders are trousering large dividends, while the people who do the graft are struggling to make ends meet.

‘All these workers want is a pay deal that protects them from this crushing cost of living crisis.

‘Now some of the best-known restaurants on the UK’s high streets will face shortages over Christmas.’

Bestfood drivers who deliver to Pizza Express and Zizzi are reportedly also expected to announce strike dates.

Staff at Greene King have also followed suit and voted for industrial action.

Pub workers from the GMB union have also vowed to strike (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)

The latest strikes follow an announcement over further walkouts by transport staff.

Mick Lynch has denied being a Grinch stealing Christmas from travellers over the move.

The four 48-hour actions on December 13/14 and 16/17 and January 3/4 and 6/7 will be made worse for families, workers and party-goers by an overtime ban from December 18 to January 2 – and engineering works from December 23 to January 3.

Mr Lynch said: ‘I’m not the Grinch – I’m a trade union official and I’m determined to get a deal.’

In London, TfL has also said that Abellio bus services will be affected by strikes soon.

The industrial action will mainly affect services in west and south London.

Meanwhile Royal Mail postal workers, with the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), have given notice of a national strike impacting one of the year’s busiest, pre-Christmas shopping days.

Currently, staff are in a pay dispute with Royal Mail, with the CWU demanding a raise that ‘addresses the cost of living’ – while the company says it has offered workers a ‘pay-for-change’ deal ‘worth 9% over two years’.

There is also a dispute over worker conditions and the ‘Uberisation of Royal Mail’, says the union.

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