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Co-op employees urge board members to back reforms

16 April 2014

Co-op employees have written to the Group’s regional board members a letter urging them to back Lord Myners’ reforms.

The letter asks the board to back the reforms as they see no viable plan B and that the recent ‘public politicking’ is putting their livelihoods and the Co-op’s future at risk.

The employees also added that the future of thousands of employees and families is on a knife edge.

The letter has been penned by the union Unite on behalf of its approximate 1,500 members that work predominantly in Co-op Retail Logistics.

Coming ahead of Co-op’s financials out on Thursday 17 April, the letter is a result of employees feeling they have been left with no other alternative but to intervene and state their position.

Unite national officer Adrian Jones says: ‘The vast majority of our members appreciate the unique ethos of the Co-op and its’ values and ethics are held in great regard. However the recent public politicking has caused great anguish for our members who fear that the board level power struggle is putting their livelihoods at risk.

‘The future of the Co-op is not just about the makeup of the board and the influence or perceived influence of regional boards and independent societies. It is also about the families of thousands of Co-op workers whose futures are on a knife edge.’

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