Workers at sites in Chesterfield, Coalville, Derby, Ilkeston,
Long Eaton, Stafford, Birmingham, West Bridgford, Wigston and
Lichfield are earmarked for a closure programme beginning in
Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett said: "This is devastating
news for our members and its impact will be felt throughout the
localities. Our officials are seeking urgent meetings with the
Co-op to discuss these proposals and analyse the business reasons
"We will be doing all we can to consider alternatives to
compulsory redundancies and will look at how many of the workers
can be redeployed to other sites within the Co-op.
"While we understand the difficulties being faced by the retail
sector, it's important that employers do all they can to retain
loyal, long-serving and skilled staff."
Notes to Editors:
- 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.