Security guards at the luxury department store Harrods are to strike to for five days later this month unions have confirmed.
In a dispute over pay 97% voted to walk out from the Qatari owned Knightsbridge store. Workers claim they are being underpaid as they have to attend a separate office 15 minutes before and after their work shifts start.
Previously Harrods have insisted they pay their uniformed security guards “generously.”
Unite regional officer Balvinder Bir said, “Our members are taking strike action as a last resort directly as a result of the management of Harrods refusing to return to the negotiating table and make an improved offer.
“The strike action will inevitably cause disruption to customers at the prestigious store but I hope those affected understand that our members have given the store every opportunity to avoid walkouts.
“Even at this late stage strike action could still be avoided if management make an improved pay offer and end the injustice of forcing workers to work unpaid.”
To ensure maximum disruption the first strike will take place on Saturday 22 February, the stores busiest shopping day.