Argos continues to trade online, encouraged by the Government – Usdaw is seeking to safeguard members’ safety and incomes

Under current Government guidelines Argos has closed their stores, but continue their online click and collect service from stores inside Sainsbury's supermarkets. Customers are not permitted to browse or purchase goods in store. The Government states that ‘online retail is still open and encouraged', it does not state that online retail must be for essential goods only.

Poundland to temporarily close 32 stores after trading today – Usdaw is supporting members

Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has been briefed by discount retailer Poundland that they intend to temporarily close 32 stores from close of business today, the locations are listed below. The company are asking employees to voluntarily agree to be furloughed and staff will receive 80% of average earnings in line with the Government's Jobs Retention Scheme.

Usdaw welcomes that the Job Retention Scheme is to be based on average pay and calls on employers to top up pay to 100%

Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed the Government listening to their calls to base the Job Retention Scheme on average pay, rather than contractual pay, which for many in retail is often lower. Usdaw has called on employers to top up their workers' pay to 100% of average earnings, so that low-paid workers are not left out of pocket.

Usdaw welcomes Next taking the responsible decision to close down their warehouse and distribution operations until further notice

Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed that fashion retailer Next has listened to their workforce and agreed to close their warehouse & distribution operations until further notice. Usdaw believes the Government should be agreeing that non-essential online retail should cease trading in the same way that it told high street non-food shops to close earlier this week.