Shopworkers' trade union leader Paddy Lillis has today written an open letter to the heads of the UK's major retailers calling on them to reject Boxing Day trading and give the staff a decent break over Christmas.
Retail trade union Usdaw is disappointed that low paid workers will not get the full minimum wage increase they were promised. The increase of 19p to £8.91 an hour doesn't meet the union's call for £10 per hour, the real living wage rate of £9.50 or even the Government's previously projected rate of £9.21.
Usdaw has condemned the Government's lack of consultation on ending the Union Learning Fund. This was exposed today in a House of Lords question from Lord Watson (Labour Shadow Education Spokesperson) to Baroness Penn (Conservative Government Spokesperson).
Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw has welcomed an announcement by Midcounties Co-operative that on Christmas Eve, to give staff some extra time with family and friends, all food stores will close at 5pm.
Retail trade union Usdaw is calling on customers to follow the rules and respect shopworkers, as non-essential stores in England are set to reopen. The union is also urging the Government to ensure shopworkers and delivery drivers are high on the priority list for vaccines and routine testing.
A parliamentary petition that seeks to protect retail staff from violence, threats and abuse has passed 80,000 signatures following the annual Respect for Shopworkers Week. Usdaw continues to campaign for 100,000 signatures that should trigger a parliamentary debate.
Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw and community retailer the Co-op today organised a round table event for the retail industry and police representatives.
Usdaw has expressed deep disappointment about the response of the Skills Minister to today's House of Commons Westminster Hall debate about the decision of the Government to end the Union Learning Fund, which delivers access to lifelong learning for around 200,000 workers each year.
Shopworkers' trade union Usdaw welcomes protection of shopworkers legislation passing stage two in the Scottish Parliament, which would make it a specific offence to abuse, threaten or assault a shopworker.
Retail trade union Usdaw has today launched Respect for Shopworkers Week with shocking statistics from their annual survey. Interim results from over 2,000 retail staff show that so far this year: