From the Financial Times, a sign of the times:
Harrods, one of the world’s most famous shops, faces the prospect of a summer strike during the height of the tourist season after workers began balloting for industrial action on Monday.
Unite, Britain’s biggest union, is balloting more than 230 maintenance workers, engineers, drivers and warehouse staff in a dispute over pay and holiday entitlements.
Debbie McSweeney, Unite regional officer, said: “The world’s most famous store faces a very expensive strike. Our members keep Harrods running; they ensure the lights stay on, the building operates safely and shoppers can get about the store. It is difficult to imagine how the shop could function properly without them.”
The union wants Harrods to improve on a “below inflation pay offer” of 3.5 per cent and give maintenance staff and other workers two extra days’ leave, the same as the company has “given to shop floor staff”.
Unite said last week that the offer for extra holiday entitlement was broadcast over the shop’s loudspeaker system. It said on Monday: “It is very worrying that those workers who were not given two extra days’ holidays are in a recognised union, while the shop floor workers who got the extra leave do not have a recognised union.”