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Usdaw has positive initial talks with administrators for BHS

Date: 29 April 2016 Administrators acting for BHS, Duff & Phelps, have today had an initial meeting with the shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw to discuss the future of the business.

David Gill – Usdaw National Officer says: “We’ve had a good initial discussion with the administrators and I look forward to many more meetings as they keep staff representatives fully informed and we work together to try to turn around the company.

“We understand there are a number of bidders seeking to acquire parts of BHS and we would welcome a serious buyer that wants to run the business as a going concern and secure jobs. We must guard against the company suffering a death by a thousand cuts, with successive owners asset stripping the business, as happened at Ethel Austin and Kwik Save.

“We continue to provide the advice, support and representation that our members require at this difficult and worrying time.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 430,000 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.

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

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