Usdaw is quids in at Poundland
Date: 30 July 2004
Trade union Usdaw has already recruited almost one-third of Poundland's workforce as members – less than a year after signing a recognition agreement with the retail company.
The efforts of an active team of union reps
and officials, coupled with Poundland's supportive approach towards
union membership, has reaped impressive rewards for Usdaw. About
900 of Poundland's 3,000 staff are now members of Usdaw, the UK's
biggest union for shopworkers.
The scope for further recruitment broadens
as the single-price retailer continues an expansion programme, with
new stores opening across England, Wales and Scotland.
An agreement signed in October 2003 gives
Usdaw the rights to negotiate pay, hours, holidays and other
benefits on behalf of all Poundland employees in both retail and
distribution sites. Usdaw is also working with Poundland on
Lifelong Learning opportunities offered to workers.
Joanne McGuinness, Usdaw National Officer
with responsibility for Poundland, said: "More and more Poundland
employees are recognising the benefits of union recognition. Usdaw
already has around 900 members within a year of entering into the
agreement with Poundland.
"The agreement is working well, with
Poundland clearly showing a strong commitment towards its
employees. The company is looking to expand its operations and so
Notes to Editors:
- Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and
Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth largest union with over 335,000
members. It is the biggest union for shopworkers and also has
significant numbers of members in transport, distribution, food
manufacturing and other industries.
- Usdaw's current membership rates are among
the lowest of all trade unions, at £1.80 per week for full-time
workers and £1.16 per week for part-time workers. More information
about Usdaw and the services it provides for members is available
from the union’s web site www.usdaw.org.uk
- Poundland, which has its head office in
Willenhall, West Midlands, has more than 100 stores in England,
Wales and Scotland. Following a management buy-out in 2002,
Poundland accelerated an expansion programme and has opened many
new stores this year (including at Crawley, Dudley, Kidderminster,
Dumbarton, Ellesmere Port, Northfield, Edmonton Green, Romford and
Wolverhampton). In August, new store openings are planned for
Yeovil, Blackpool, Watford and Cumbernauld. For a full store list
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