Bar workers and employees of fast-food suppliers start going on strike at the latest

Liverpool, England - March 6, 2011: The Burger King sign in Liverpool. Burger King is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

There is a risk of Christmas shortages at Burger King (Picture: Getty Images)

Hundreds of workers delivering groceries to Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut and Wagamama have supported a wage strike that will threaten supplies.

The GMB union said the majority of Bestfood workers who took part in the vote were in favor of industrial action.

Strike dates will be announced shortly.

National Officer Nadine Houghton said: “Bestfood’s parent companies – Booker and Tesco – are making serious money.

“Shareholders are reaping huge dividends while the people doing the transplant are struggling to make ends meet.

“All these workers want is a wage deal that protects them from this crushing cost-of-living crisis.

“Now some of the best known high street restaurants in Britain will face shortages over Christmas.”

Bestfood drivers who deliver Pizza Express and Zizzi are also said to be announcing strike dates.

Greene King employees also followed suit and voted for industrial action.

D1CY5A Glass of light beer in a dark pub.

Pub workers from the GMB union have also announced a strike (Image: Alamy

The latest strikes follow an announcement of further strikes by transport workers.

Mick Lynch has denied being a Grinch who steals Christmas from travelers along the way.

The four 48-hour campaigns on 13./14. and 16./17. December and on 3./4. and 6th/7th January 11 conditions are made worse for families, workers and partygoers by a ban on overtime from December 18 to January 2 – and engineering work – from December 23 to January 3.

Mr Lynch said: “I’m not the Grinch – I’m a union official and I’m determined to reach an agreement.”

In London, TfL have also said Abellio bus services will soon be hit by strikes.

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

Meanwhile, Royal Mail postal workers joined the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) in announcing a nationwide strike, affecting one of the busiest pre-Christmas shopping days of the year.

Currently, staff are locked in a wage dispute with Royal Mail, with the CWU demanding a pay rise that “appears to address the cost of living” – while the company says it has given workers a 9% pay-for-change deal offered over two years’.

There is also a dispute over working conditions and the “Uberisation of Royal Mail”, the union says.

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Justin Scacco

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