John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says:
“We are delighted that NACO has opted to transfer into Usdaw and we welcome their members to our union. Usdaw is a strong and growing trade union that offers first class support to our members, alongside many other benefits.
“This decision ensures NACO members have the backing of an experienced and knowledgeable trade union. Usdaw has had a long relationship with the Co-op, we understand the business and already represent tens of thousands of their staff. That means we can hit the ground running when NACO members join us in May and provide a smooth transition.”
Bob Lister – NACO Interim General Secretary says:
“While this is a sad day for NACO, having celebrated our centenary last year, the transfer into the Sata section of Usdaw is a necessary and positive move. It means that NACO members will continue to be protected by a strong and respected voice within the Co-op, where both our unions have represented staff for many years.
“The NACO membership have given us a clear mandate to do what they believe is in the best interests of all. It has been a challenging few months to get to this position, but we’re now looking forward to a very positive future.”
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 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 28% over the 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.
NACO (National Association of Co-operative Officials)
represents managers at the Co-operative Group, Central England, Channel Islands, Chelmsford Star, East of England, Heart of England, Lincolnshire, Midcounties, Scotmid and Southern. Also in various other Co-operatives including The Phone Co-op, Co-operatives UK, The Co-operative College and Well Pharmacy
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