Usdaw, the trade union for Lidl staff, continued the long-running campaign for recognition with three campaign days on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Enfield distribution centre. Joining campaigners on Sunday was Alex Mayer, Labour MEP for the East of England region.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “I was pleased join Usdaw to meet workers outside the distribution centre and to encourage them to sign up to join Usdaw. The workers we spoke to were pleased to see us. Lidl have nothing to fear from engaging with Usdaw. In fact unionised workplaces are safer, more productive and happier. So I urge Lidl to allow Usdaw on site and to sit down and negotiate a recognition agreement.”
Chris Henry – Usdaw’s Deputy Divisional Officer said:“We are grateful to Alex for her support for our campaign for recognition as the strade union for Lidl staff.
“Unfortunately Lidl has responded to our reasonable requests for initial talks about recognising Usdaw as the union for Lidl staff, with a firm ‘thanks, but no thanks’. They have told us that the company has chosen ‘not to formally recognise trade unions’. It is very is unfair that the choice of staff to be represented by a trade union is being denied by a choice the company has taken.
“Lidl believe they have no issues to address and their existing direct communications to staff are sufficient without the input of an independent trade union. That is not what the staff are telling us. They welcome Usdaw campaigners at their workplaces, want the union to be recognised and they don’t feel they are able to raise concerns with management for fear of repercussions.”