Joanne McGuinness – National Officer for the shopworkers’ trade union says:
“This is devastating news for the staff affected. We will now enter into meaningful consultations with the company to look at the business for their proposals. In the meantime we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need at this difficult time.
“The ongoing crisis in retail is impacting all companies as we see an increasing number of job losses and store closures across the industry. We need urgent Government action and an industrial strategy for retail to help our high streets and save our shops.”
Usdaw’s ‘Save Our Shops’ campaign
promotes our industrial strategy for retail, which proposes detailed and evidence led policies, centred on three key areas:
Usdaw’s industrial strategy for retail: www.usdaw.org.uk/retailstrategy
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
- Economy and community - changing the economic framework on everything from car parking to rates, rents and reforming the tax system to create a level playing field between online and ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers.
- People and productivity - improving productivity by addressing low pay and insecure work, while giving staff a say in the future of the business they work for and on the introduction of new technology.
- Retail jobs are real jobs - challenging perceptions about retail work and promoting the fact that retail jobs are real jobs that make a vital contribution to our communities and our economy. Seeking a greater focus from Government on the retail industry and ensuring shopworkers are valued.
is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 410,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
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