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Co-op festive working arrangements a step in the right direction says Usdaw

Date: 18 October 2021 Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed, as a step in the right direction, the Co-op Group closing their stores earlier on Christmas Eve and operating reduced hours on Boxing Day. The company also says that New Year’s Day and Boxing Day will be staffed by volunteers only.
John Gorle – Usdaw National Officer says: “Many retailers are taking a different approach to opening stores over the festive period and, following extensive discussions with the company, these changes are a step in the right direction from the Co-op.
“The pandemic showed just how important shopworkers are to our society and communities, as they stepped up and kept essential services running throughout. Key workers have done so much this year and we don’t think it is too much to ask to give them the longest possible break over the festive season. Usdaw continues the campaign for stores not to trade on Boxing Day, along with New Year’s Day in Scotland.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 380,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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