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A New Deal for Workers

Too many key workers are trying to exist on low pay, facing abuse every day while trying to carry out their essential role.

About the campaign

During the pandemic, millions of workers have stepped up, in the most difficult of circumstances, to keep our country going.

Workers in retail, manufacturing, distribution and home delivery have been working around the clock, keeping food on our tables and medicines in our cupboards.

The workforce has adapted to huge change in an extremely short time, working under intense pressure and providing a lifeline to our communities.

Right now, Usdaw is working to keep our members safe as they work through the crisis and support those who are not currently able to work. But as we look towards the future after Coronavirus, it is time for the Government, employers and the public to recognise that these workers have been undervalued for too long. They deserve a new deal.

Key Campaign Actions

Usdaw is calling for:
  • A Minimum Wage That Is A Real Living Wage Rate. The National Minimum Wage should be immediately increased to £12 per hour as a step towards £15 per hour.
  • Guarantees Over Working Hours. A minimum 16 hours per week for everyone who wants it. Contracts should be based on the normal hours worked. An end to zero hours contracts.
  • Freedom From Fear And Respect For Shopworkers through ‘Protection of Workers’ legislation that will tackle abuse against workers dealing with the public.
  • More Support For Low-Paid Workers through improved sick pay and a proper social security system instead of the current Universal Credit mess.
  • A Real Voice At Work with Trade Unions being recognised in the workplace.​

Statutory Sick Pay

From 25 March 2022, the changes that were made to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) during the Coronavirus pandemic are ending.

Watch our video to find out more.

Free prize draw

Enter our free prize draw to win a £100 Love2Shop Gift Voucher courtesy of Usdaw Health and Dental.

The official website of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers