l 2014 £2.5 bn Co-op Group losses should ‘sharpe...

£2.5bn Co-op Group losses should ‘sharpen’ minds of the need for reform, says Unite

17 April 2014
Today’s (Thursday 17 April) Co-op Group results should ‘sharpen’ minds and leave people in ‘no doubt’ of the need for reform to save jobs and secure the group’s future, warned Britain’s largest union, Unite.

Earlier in the week, the union wrote to Co-op’s regional board members on behalf of its 1,200 members urging them to back Lord Myners’ reforms.

Commenting on today’s figures, Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: “Today’s figures are deeply disappointing and do not reflect the hard work of ordinary Co-op workers who have been working hard to make the group a success against a backdrop of uncertainty.

“The vast majority of our members embrace the unique ethos of the Co-op, but feel that their livelihoods are playing second fiddle to the internal power struggles of whether to reform the Co-op Group’s structures.

“Today’s results should sharpen minds and leave people in no doubt of the need for reform to secure jobs and the Co-op Group’s future.”

Unite represents 1,200 members who predominately work in Co-op Retail Logistics.


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Shaun Noble on 07768 693940.

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Notes to editors
•    Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.