Britain’s largest union Unite welcomed today’s (Wednesday 7 May) report by Lord Myners to change the governance of the Co-operative Group, saying that it was currently the ‘only game in town’ that could deliver a future for the group and the workforce.
Earlier last month the union wrote to Co-op’s regional board members on behalf of its 1,200 members urging them to back reform warning that the status quo was unsustainable.
Commenting on the publication of the full report, Unite national officer, Adrian Jones said: “We broadly support the report. It is the only game in town at the moment that can deliver a future for the group and our members. The current situation is unsustainable and recent events should leave people in no doubt of the need for reform to secure jobs and the Co-op Group’s future.
“Our members embrace the Co-op’s unique ethos and have been working tirelessly to make the group a success, but they are increasingly feeling frustrated that their livelihoods are being overlooked in the internal power struggles over whether to reform the group.
“We’d urge Co-op members at the AGM on Saturday to give the group a fighting chance and support reform.”
Unite has over 1,200 members working for the Co-op group based mainly in logistics.
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.