United back Usdaw campaign

UNITED Co-operatives is to take a major step forward in its support for shopworkers&#039 union Usdaw&#039s Freedom from Fear campaign, which aims to reduce the threat posed by...

UNITED Co-operatives is to take a major step forward in its support for shopworkers&#039 union Usdaw&#039s Freedom from Fear campaign, which aims to reduce the threat posed by criminals to shop staff.

The announcement of plans for a new charter specific to United was made by the society&#039s General Manager HR, Christine Kingsland, at the annual United/Usdaw conference for shop stewards held in Southport.

Speaking to delegates, Mrs Kingsland declared: `We are fully behind the Usdaw Freedom from Fear campaign and signed up to the associated charter as soon as it was launched.

`Now we want to go one step further to achieve more localised support, by working in partnership with Usdaw to develop a specific United Co-operatives/Usdaw Freedom From Fear charter.`

United&#039s announcement was welcomed by fellow conference speaker, John McGarry, Usdaw&#039s North West Divisional Officer, who said: `We are delighted that the UK&#039s largest independent co-operative society backs our campaign and, indeed, is proposing to give it a major boost by implementing an Usdaw/United charter. We hope that other retailers will follow this lead.`

United Chief Executive Peter Marks commented: `A partnership with Usdaw is vital to our determined efforts to reduce threats to staff.`

Other speakers at the conference included, Ruth Stoney, Usdaw&#039s Political Officer and Jim Gibson, General Manager – Safety and Security at United.

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