3 per cent pay deal rejected by union
JJB Sports faces two days of industrial action from 266 GMB union members over pay and conditions at its Wigan depot. The strikes will take place on the October 31 and November 2 and will consist of a work to rule and a continuous overtime ban.

The GMB members have rejected a 3 per cent pay rise from JJB Sports and are seeking a higher guaranteed basic rate for all workers in the warehouse, as well as an equal bonus scheme.

JJB Sports founder and chairman David Whelan branded union officials 'communists' when he took over pay talks from the retailer's chief executive Tom Knight. The strike, if it goes ahead, will be the first in the company's history.