Constructive talks with Midlands Co-op following closure announcement
Date: 23 January 2013
Usdaw has held 'constructive' talks with the Midlands Co-operative Society following Monday's (January 21) announcement of the Co-op's proposal to close its Fashion & Home business.
Usdaw's Divisional Officer
Gavin Dadley met with senior HR management from the Society
yesterday at the company's head office and described the
discussions as 'very constructive'.
"The Society has reassured
us it is doing everything possible to minimise the number of
potential job losses," said Gavin. "The Society also reassured
Usdaw that it would do all it could to find alternative employment
within its other divisions, and in the local area, for staff
affected by the closure programme.
with employees begin next week and Usdaw will seek to ensure all
members are given representation at those meetings.
"Clearly these are uncertain
times for our members but I want to remind them that both Usdaw and
the Midlands Co-op are doing all we can to redeploy as many staff
- Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied
Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union
with over 424,000 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.