Members of Unite, working for the Co-operative Group, will be leafleting and lobbying people at tomorrow’s (Saturday 16 May) Co-op AGM in Manchester.
Pressing for reform of the group’s structures, the workers will also be calling for plans to outsource the Co-op’s retail logistics operation in south west England to be scrapped.
Drivers covering the whole of the south west of England face being transferred to the French logistics company, Norbert Dentressangle, after decades of loyal service with no business case having been made and minimal consultation.
The outsourcing move comes as a report by Lord Myners on reform of the Co-op Group is set to be discussed at tomorrow’s AGM at the Co-op Group’s headquarters, Angel Square, Manchester M60 0AG. Members will be outside the AGM from 09:00 hrs and available for interview.
Commenting, Unite national officer Adrian Jones, said: “The values and ethos of the Co-op have been hard pushed recently by decisions that have caused irreparable damage, not only to the image of the Co-op, but to its very fabric.
“Without reform the road ahead is extremely rocky. Unite members want a return to a business that has a bright future and treats its workforce with respect. Not one that is dogged with poor leadership and poor governance.
“The decision to outsource drivers with no concrete business rationale is yet another example of poor decisions being taken and of an organisation that has lost its way. It should be stopped and the workforce properly consulted.”
Unite represents over 1,200 people working for the Co-op Group, mainly in logistics. Fifty three drivers in the South West are affected by the outsourcing plans.
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.