SUPERMARKET distribution staff are threatening a strike over low bonus pay-outs.
And if a ballot in April by the GMB union is in favour of industrial action, deliveries of fruit and vegetables could be stopped, leaving the shelves of the Asda superstores in Runcorn and Widnes bare.
Union spokeswoman Rose Conroy said the effects of strike action on Halton's stores would be 'rapid'.
She says members have calculated that it takes three wagon loads of goods to keep a single Asda store stocked up for a day's trading and that perishable goods would be quickly depleted.
The GMB was told that Asda fell short of its £850m profit target and the union claims the company has decided not to pay an expected bonus of £260 to 90,000 of its 130,000 store staff.
The ballot is being held over the non payment of bonuses.