SHOPWORKERS’ union Usdaw said yesterday that it hopes to secure the jobs of more than 18,000 workers as the Poundland chain faces being taken over by a South African firm.
Talks on the Steinhoff takeover are continuing but it is expected to go ahead with a price tag of £597 million.
Usdaw said it was working with Poundland to secure the future of the workforce.
“There is always uncertainty for staff about the future in a takeover situation, so we are continuing discussions with Poundland to safeguard the terms and conditions of employment and secure jobs,” said Usdaw national officer Dave Gill.
Steinhoff said it had no plans to change the group’s head office or employment conditions for staff.