Nationwide chain Argos’ proposed plan to transfer 96 of its delivery drivers to haulier Eddie Stobart Ltd (ESL) has sparked a strike action, involving over 400 workers at its Lutterworth site.

Trade union, Unite, has called for Argos to reconsider its decision to transfer the drivers to ESL, which is due to take place on 12 June 2016.

The key concern of the 420 workers is that if the drivers are transferred to ESL that the rest of the workforce will follow with possible detrimental effects on pay, employment conditions and job security.

The warehouse and admin staff will strike for six days starting at 00:01 on Tuesday 7 June, ending at 05:59 hours on 12 June. The drivers will strike from 00:01 on 7 June, concluding at 23:59 hours on Saturday 11 June.  

The Unite members voted by 75% for strike action and 80% for industrial action short of a strike in a bid to remain employees of Argos.

Paresh Patel, Unite regional coordinating officer, said: “The strength of the mandate for industrial action reinforces our members’ clearly stated desire to remain employed by Argos. The management can avoid this action by rescinding the decision to outsource the drivers to Eddie Stobart.

“Unite’s door remains open for talks – and, even at this eleventh hour, we urge Argos to get around the table for talks for the sake of its employees, its customers and its reputation as an employer.”