Burnley councillors call on Boohoo to recognise Usdaw

Burnley councillors have called on online clothes retailer Boohoo to recognise Usdaw.

Last night councillors passed a motion, tabled by Labour leader Mark Townsend, stating: “This Council calls on Boohoo, Burnley’s largest private sector employer, to respond positively to the recommendation of the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee report into fashion industry sustainability that they ‘engage with Usdaw as a priority and recognise unions for its workers’.”

Usdaw divisional officer Mike Aylward said:  “We are grateful to Burnley’s councillors for their support for our members and all workers at Boohoo. Burnley Council now adds their name to a list of organisations, including the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and the Ethical Trading Initiative, who are calling for Boohoo to engage with Usdaw. I will be seeking a meeting with the council to see how we can make their newly adopted policy a reality.

“Usdaw’s campaign continues until Boohoo listens to reason, listens to our members, listens to a cross-party committee of MPs, listens to the Ethical Trading Initiative and now listens to Burnley Council. It is time that the company agreed to meet with Usdaw to discuss a sensible way forward.”

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