Clipper logistics must ‘prioritise’ jobs in Milton Keynes and Leeds connected to its contract with Arcadia Group following the retail giant’s collapse into administration, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday 1 December). 

Clipper signed a new contract with Arcadia this summer to deliver around 3,000 deliveries per week, which is now in doubt after the group, which includes Burtons, Topman and Dorothy Perkins, went into administration.

Unite urged Clipper, which took over the contract from DHL, to ‘exercise restraint’ in its reaction to the news and provide guarantees that staff will not be negatively impacted. In August, Clipper reported record revenues of more than £500m and has signed a number of new contracts in 2020.

Around 70 Clipper staff, made up of drivers and office workers based in Milton Keynes and Leeds, work on the Arcadia contract. 

Unite national officer Matt Draper said: “This is obviously a very worrying time for Clipper staff working on the Arcadia contract. 

“However, the pandemic and the continued rise of e-commerce has underscored how crucial the logistics industry is to the economy and Clipper’s growing success is a reflection of that.

“We urge Clipper to exercise restraint in reacting to Arcadia’s collapse, prioritise these jobs and provide guarantees to the workforce that they will not be negatively impacted by any changes.

“Unite will be liaising with Clipper’s leadership team to explore every avenue to ensure that our members livelihoods are safeguarded.”


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.