Paddy Lillis - Usdaw General Secretary says:
“The General Election result is obviously devastating news. Usdaw members needed Labour in power, but we now face a Conservative government that will not put the needs of working people first.
“We pay tribute to the former Labour MPs who have worked tirelessly for our members, but lost their seats in Labour’s worst election performance in decades. Labour needs to learn the lessons of this election defeat, listen
to the people who didn’t back Labour and broaden the Party’s appeal to reconnect with the voters.
“I want to thank all Usdaw activists for their hard work over the past six weeks and before, we all knew this election would be a difficult one. Usdaw’s campaigning continues as we face the challenges ahead, with low pay, insecure work and the retail crisis at the top of our agenda.”
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 410,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
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