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Ashfield Labour candidate Natalie Fleet calls on Lidl to recognise Usdaw as the union for their staff

Date: 29 November 2019 Usdaw is the trade union for Lidl staff and today their campaign for recognition was supported by Natalie Fleet. The Labour candidate for Ashfield joined union activists outside Lidl to protest against the company’s refusal to speak to Usdaw and encourage staff to join the union.
Ed Leach - Usdaw Area Organiser says: “Lidl is resisting recognising Usdaw as the trade union for their staff, yet we know that many staff are unhappy about the way they are treated at work and morale in stores can be pretty low.

“Our message to the company is that if they are so confident they give their staff a fair deal, then they have nothing to fear from allowing them to be represented by an independent trade union. To the staff we say join the union, let Usdaw help you get a better deal and a strong voice at work for when things are going wrong.

“We welcome the support of Natalie today, because we know that if she is elected the MP for Ashfield and Labour goes on to form a government, they will deliver fairness in workplaces and stop employers from denying staff access to their trade union.

Natalie Fleet – Labour candidate for Ashfield says: “We are proud of the trade union movement’s achievements in giving people a voice at work. The next Labour government will transform people’s lives for the better through the biggest extension of workers’ rights in history, which will include strengthening trade unions’ right to organise, meet and represent their members in the workplace and to recruit staff to the union.

“I am urging Lidl management to abandon their long-held resistance to allowing Usdaw to speak to staff. It is simply unjust that the company have made the decision not to engage with a trade union. The staff deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and that is best achieved by giving them a voice through Usdaw.”

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

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