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M&S staff are deeply concerned by today's confirmation of more store closures - Usdaw renews their call for recognition

Date: 12 October 2022 Retail trade union Usdaw has renewed their call for recognition as the trade union for Marks & Spencer staff after the company today announced it is seeking to speed up a major shake-up of its stores estate. M&S has not detailed which locations or how many jobs will be affected by the plans.
Paddy Lillis - Usdaw General Secretary says: “M&S management are not treating their staff with the dignity and respect they deserve. Their piecemeal approach to reorganising the business is extremely distressing for the staff, when the threat of redundancy hangs over M&S shopworkers.

“Usdaw has thousands of members working for Marks and Spencer and the staff now, more than ever, need the representation and support of an independent trade union; an experienced and knowledgeable trade union interrogating the company's business case for this store reorganisation.

“We again urge M&S management to abandon their long-held resistance to allowing Usdaw to represent the staff. It is simply unjust that the company have made the decision not to engage with a trade union. The staff are telling us they want Usdaw to represent them not the in-house staff association. It should be their choice.”

Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with around 360,000 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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