Usdaw is one of Britain's largest trade unions with over 435,000 members nationwide. They represent workers in many retail and distribution companies.
M&S: Don’t keep your staff in the dark over massive cutsMarks & Spencer announced that they’re planning a massive restructuring, closing 100 stores by 2022. That potentially puts tens of thousands of jobs at risk. But workers still are in the dark as to whether or how long they will still have jobs. M&S are announcing closures in waves, and keeping staff at other branches in the dark. None of their 70,000 workers know if they’re safe. That’s just cruel, and no way to treat their loyal workforce. Many have worked for them for years, providing the high standards of customer service that are a hallmark for the company. Engaging honestly and openly with their staff from the outset could help the company plan better to save jobs and restructure more responsibly. M&S need to move to fix this now: • Enter into meaningful consultation with their staff through their union on the restructuring plan. Don’t keep workers in the dark about their futures. • Give their staff an assurance that they will work with the union to minimise the impact of the restructuring on workers and jobs. If you work at M&S and are worried about the closure plans, you can contact USDAW at firstname.lastname@example.org of 200 SignaturesCreated by Usdaw
Philip Green: Honour your BHS pensions pledgeIn an interview with ITV News, the billionaire former owner of BHS said he was "very, very, very sorry" for the company’s collapse. But the Pensions Regulator has "yet to receive a comprehensive written proposal" from Philip Green about a settlement for the BHS pension fund, which faces a deficit of £571m. Most of that deficit was built up under his 15 years at the helm. He consistently underfunded the pension scheme -- while paying his wife £400 million in BHS dividends, channeled through Monaco’s low-tax regime. Parliament has now voted for him to be stripped of his knighthood, but it's possible that despite investigations by the Work and Pensions Committee and campaigning MPs, that losing his "Sir" may be the extent of his punishment, along with some small financial contributions that still leave employees heavily out of pocket. Usdaw has called on Philip Green to honour his pension promise and ‘sort’ the pension scheme. We had hoped this would take weeks rather than the months that have already passed. Now BHS pensioners it might be years before they see a result. He has claimed to ‘have been working on this issue on a daily basis’, but we have seen precious little progress so far. Usdaw members in BHS were left devastated and jobless by the collapse of a company. 11,000 hard-working and loyal staff totally let down by the actions of a handful of people at the top. Those jobs have tragically gone. Now workers could also lose great chunks of their retirement savings. Current and future BHS pensioners need to have their futures secured. Let’s stand with BHS workers and tell Phillip Green we need to see real action, and now.107,818 of 200,000 SignaturesCreated by TUC -