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.
Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has urged Belfast City Council to proceed with caution if reports are correct that they plan to relax enforcement of Sunday trading laws.
Cereal manufacturing giant Kellogg's has agreed to guarantee wages for all staff for twelve weeks to help them through the Coronavirus emergency.
Retail trade union Usdaw has welcomed Ocado's commitment to pay a 10% bonus payment to frontline employees, including personal shoppers, drivers and LGV drivers from 23 March and while the crisis continues.
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.
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.
Retail trade union Usdaw is calling on Mainline Menswear to operate their warehouse safely to restrict the spread of Coronavirus and to not bring forward a sale to generate extra business. The union is also calling on the Government to clarify their advice.
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.
Retail trade union Usdaw represents workers at the Boohoo warehouse in Burnley and is calling on the company to operate safely to restrict the spread of Coronavirus. The union is also calling on the Government to clarify their advice.
Usdaw, the union for JD Sports' staff, is calling on the company to close their Rochdale warehouse to protect 5,000 staff and the wider Rochdale community from coronavirus.