Retail trade union Usdaw has today (15 July) launched the first annual National Retail Workers' Day, which engages with the public to highlight the value of retail workers in our shops and communities. Retail directly employs nearly 3 million, with around a further 1.5 million jobs reliant on the success of the industry. It is the biggest private sector employer in the country.
Retail trade union Usdaw is one of eleven unions to have launched a judicial review of new Government regulations that would allow employers to engage agency workers to fill in for striking workers. The High Court has today ruled in favour of the unions and against the Government.
Retail trade union Usdaw is to give oral evidence to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) on Thursday 13 July about minimum wage rates. The LPC is continuing their annual consultation process ahead of making recommendations to the Government this autumn about the new minimum wage rates, which are expected to come into force on 1 April 2024.
Retail trade union Usdaw has today (12 July) launched a new blueprint for the future of retail work, to ensure that retail jobs are better jobs. It is published as retail continues to face one of the most challenging periods in history. Since 2018 nearly three-quarters of a million retail jobs have been lost, with over 75,000 store closures, as online retail grew. That accelerated during the pandemic and already this year over 30,000 retail jobs have gone, along with more than 2,000 store closures.
Retail trade union Usdaw has responded to a Department of Business and Trade consultation on retained European Union (EU) employment law reforms; warning Ministers not to use Brexit as an opportunity to water down UK workers' rights.
Retail trade union Usdaw has a delegation of members, reps and officials attending the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) Disabled Workers' Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre on 11 and 12 July. Usdaw is calling for a movement of protest against the Government's shameful record on disability equality.
Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed today's speech by Keir Starmer, setting out his fifth pledge to undertake radical reform of the education system to prepare young people for work and life. Launching his fifth and final mission for a better Britain in Gillingham, the Labour leader contends that Britain must grow the talents of every child to give the country a chance of winning the race for the jobs and industries of the future.
Retail trade union Usdaw is taking a group of Northern Irish workers to give evidence on minimum wage rates to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) at a hearing in Belfast today (6 July). The LPC's annual evidence gathering helps form the recommendations they will make to the Government this autumn about the new minimum wage rates, which are expected to come into force on 1 April 2024.
Retail trade union Usdaw is calling on the Government to drop their Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill and break the deadlock on this controversial legislation. Today (4 July) the House of Lords will consider the Bill again after the Government and Conservative MPs blocked amendments made by Peers for a second time, as the parliamentary ‘ping-pong' continues.
Retail trade union Usdaw has a delegation of members, reps and officials attending the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) biennial conference. Usdaw is raising deep concerns about the vast developments in workplace technology and automation.