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Revelations on the Dispatches programme tonight show that Aldi staff need Usdaw

Date: 09 November 2015 Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw is calling on Aldi to get round the table and resolve the many issues raised by union members who work for the discount retailer and problems identified in tonight’s Dispatches programme on Channel 4.

Usdaw is recruiting Aldi staff and has heard many complaints about poor health and safety, bullying, late shift changes and unrealistic productivity targets that reduce customer service and endanger staff.

Paddy Lillis – Usdaw Deputy General Secretary says: “Usdaw is the trade union for Aldi workers and we know that staff have significant grievances which are largely left unresolved, leading to low morale and a high turnover of personnel.

“Trade unions are problem solvers, not problem causers and we are happy to work with Aldi to make it a better place to work. It would be very short-sighted of the company to dismiss the worrying feedback we have had from their employees.

“Usdaw has approached the company on a number of occasions seeking talks about issues raised by our members and to explore how we can work together to improve the business. Unfortunately they have resisted our approaches and, after our first campaign day this year, they instructed store managers to remove Usdaw recruiters from stores to prevent them talking to shopfloor staff.

“Good successful businesses recognise trade unions, it’s fundamental to building staff morale, improving retention and creating safe and healthy workplaces.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 440,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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