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Homebase review of the business is very worrying for staff - Usdaw calls for talks

Date: 05 February 2018 Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has called on Homebase to immediately open up a dialogue with the union to ensure staff are properly represented, after the company announces a review of the business that may see up to 40 stores shut and nearly 2,000 staff under threat of redundancy.

David Gill - Usdaw National Officer says: “Staff in Homebase stores are extremely concerned that Wesfarmers, the parent company of Homebase owners Bunnings UK, are reviewing the business after acquiring it barely two years ago. I have written to the company seeking clarification about their intentions and calling for them to involve Usdaw in the review to ensure the staff have a voice in their future.

“Usdaw is the trade union for Homebase staff and now more than ever they need the representation and support we can provide. It is crucial that the company listens to the staff to make a success of the business."

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 28% over the 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: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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