Usdaw will now be entering into consultation meetings with the company about its proposals
Sainsbury’s has proposed significant changes to night shift operations and commercial departments which could potentially put jobs at risk, according to Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers).
Its review of in-store night shift and commercial department roles, with subsequent changes, will affect a number of stores across the UK, says the shopworkers’ union, which has stepped in to carry out consultation meetings.
Joanne McGuinness, Usdaw national officer, said: “Usdaw will now be entering into consultation meetings with the company about their proposals, where we will be looking at the business case for these changes.
“Our priorities are to protect jobs, keep staff in employment and get the best deal for our members. Usdaw reps and officials are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need at this time of uncertainty.”
Usdaw is the UK’s fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 440,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade.
Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.