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  • Usdaw praises Ikea for living wage commitment

    SHOPWORKERS’ union Usdaw has welcomed a commitment by furniture giant Ikea to pay the living wage.

    The Swedish chain agreed to pay the living wage of at least £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 in the rest of the country.

    “Usdaw has been in discussions...

    Tuesday 21st Jul 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Working families will ‘pay the price’ for yet longer Sunday hours

    UNIONS condemned the Chancellor’s plans to allow superstores to extend Sunday opening hours yesterday, warning that more work would encroach on workers’ family lives and free time.

    In his “emergency” Budget today, George Osborne will outline proposals to be...

    Wednesday 8th Jul 2015

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

  • Court leaves Woolworths layoff staff without a penny

    FORMER Woolworths workers were left “heartbroken” yesterday after their union lost a legal bid to secure them compensation. 

    In January, 2012, Usdaw won tens of millions of pounds in compensation from the government for 25,000 former employees who were illegally sacked...

    Friday 1st May 2015

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: Labour’s pro-worker and business, claims Umunna

    CHUKA Umunna promised trade unionists yesterday that a Labour government would be pro-worker, as well as “unashamedly pro-business.”

    The shadow business secretary won a standing ovation at Usdaw conference as he implored union members to help swing the knife-edge election...

    Wednesday 29th Apr 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: £1,000 for jet crash victim

    COLLEAGUES of Liam Sweeney, who lost his life in last year’s MH17 air tragedy, have raised £1,000 in memory of the football-mad trade unionist.

    The cash was collected at an event dedicated to Mr Sweeney, a supermarket worker and Usdaw member, at the union’s...

    Wednesday 29th Apr 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: Sick note fees ‘must be axed’

    A WORKER whose sister had to pay £50 for a doctor’s note before she could claim benefits made a plea yesterday for the fees to be scrapped.

    Somerset representative Richard Firmin told the Usdaw conference how his sister, who suffers from a debilitating back disease, had...

    Wednesday 29th Apr 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: Hannett slams Aldi and Lidl fear tactics

    STAFF at Aldi and Lidl supermarkets are “scared” they will be sacked for joining a trade union, Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said yesterday.

    Mr Hannett named and shamed the budget shopping giants for refusing to recognise the union, which represents thousands of...

    Tuesday 28th Apr 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: Gay campaigning legend hails battle to save mines

    LESBIANS and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) legend Mike Jackson hailed yesterday Usdaw’s backing for the campaign to save Britain’s last three coal mines. Delegates at retail and distribution union Usdaw’s conference unanimously called on the government to nationalise...

    Tuesday 28th Apr 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain

  • Usdaw Conference: Union votes to back red light legislation

    BRITAIN’S fourth-biggest trade union backed the legalisation of prostitution yesterday.

    The policy was passed by delegates at Usdaw’s conference in Blackpool against the wishes of the union’s leaders.

    General secretary John Hannett spoke against the motion...

    Tuesday 28th Apr 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

  • USDAW Conference: Half of staff skip meals to pay bills

    MORE than half of retail and distribution workers have been forced to skip meals to save enough cash to pay their bills, an Usdaw union survey revealed yesterday.

    Many of Usdaw’s members work in popular high street shops, but 59 per cent are paid just between £6.50 and...

    Monday 27th Apr 2015

    posted by Luke James in Britain