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TUC’s ‘♥UNIONS’ week: Usdaw celebrates the commitment of volunteer trade union reps

Date: 11 February 2019 Shopworkers’ trade union leader Paddy Lillis today marked the start of the TUC’s ‘♥UNIONS’ week (11 to 17 February 2019) by paying tribute to and celebrating the hard work and dedication of lay workplace reps who deliver so much for members across the country.
Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Usdaw is the campaigning union, improving workers’ lives and delivering for our members. Usdaw’s reps and activists do a great job promoting fairness at work, lifelong learning and health and safety in their workplaces.
 
“Despite government attacks on unions, we continue to recruit workers, grow stronger and focus relentlessly on serving members. We are reaching out to workers in unorganised workplaces, including Marks and Spencer, Lidl and Aldi. It is shocking that those companies refuse to recognise a union to give their staff a say in their working lives.
 
“Usdaw is the independent trade union for M&S, Lidl and Aldi workers and we call on those companies to recognise us. If they are so confident they treat their staff fairly, they have nothing to fear from them being represented by Usdaw.
 
“Throughout ‘♥UNIONS’ week, Usdaw, along with the TUC, is celebrating the positive contribution trade union members make to the UK economy.”
 
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 425,000 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.
 
‘♥UNIONS’ week https://www.tuc.org.uk/national/heartunions-week 11 to 17 February 2019 highlights the positive contribution that trade unions make in workplaces and across wider society.

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