A Marshalls representative said: "Naturally we are very disappointed that our HGV driver Unite members have taken the decision to move to strike action, particularly when we have been actively communicating with them over the issues under discussion.
"Marshalls believes it offers a very competitive driver’s package, with rates far in excess of the industry average, and attractive working patterns. As a result, in a sector where there is a national shortage of HGV drivers, Marshalls has had no difficulty in attracting quality drivers into the business and the company enjoys very low attrition, with the majority of our drivers being with the company for many years.
"Only around half of Marshalls’ drivers are union members, and many have also stated that they do not want or intend to participate in strike action. Furthermore, Marshalls is well positioned to supplement the existing fleet with external haulage providers and has detailed contingency plans inplace to support our customers should the action continue.
"As ever, Marshalls remains committed to working with our Unite members to attempt to resolve the issue."