Usdaw officials banned from Lidl

Usdaw members are today continuing their campaign for recognition at Lidl after managers banned officials from talking to staff members on site. 

The union is demonstrating outside stores at distribution centres in Exeter, Enfield, Wednesbury, Aycliffe, Belvedere and Runcorn.

Usdaw general secretary elect Paddy Lillis said: “We remain very disappointed that the company continues to refuse to allow our union officials on site to talk to staff. It is clear from conversations with Lidl staff that managers are briefing against Usdaw. The staff are keen to talk to us, but often not within sight of the distribution centre where they can be seen by managers.

“Topping the list of staff concerns are significant issues around health and safety, often made worse by an unreasonable volume of work and difficult to achieve performance targets. Lidl staff do not feel they are able to raise these issues with managers and need an independent trade union to help prevent accidents and serious injuries.

“Usdaw has a wealth of experience in promoting good health and safety at work. We train reps to look for problems and resolve them with managers. That is not only good for the staff, but good for the business. Health and safety at work is a right not a privilege.

“Good industrial relations are important for business and that requires the staff having a voice, through an independent trade union, so that they get a proper say in their working lives. We urge the company to end their continued opposition to trade unions and meet with Usdaw to talk about recognising us as the trade union for Lidl staff.”

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