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USDAW calls for talks with M&S on pay and pension changes

USDAW (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) has called on Marks & Spencer to engage in talks about proposed changes to terms and conditions of employment and possible store closures.

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

The calls are in response to M&S’s plans to consolidate Sunday and night shift premiums into the hourly rate of pay for its 70,000 store staff, and close the final-salary pension scheme to new contributions from existing members, who will be moved to a different scheme.

The company is also conducting a review of the viability of stores, which USDAW said could lead to closures when it reports in the autumn.

David Gill, USDAW national officer, said the union has been contacted by M&S workers who are “very concerned” about big changes to their pay and pensions.

“Particularly as the company are threatening to sack any staff who do not accept the contractual changes,” he said.

“M&S staff need a voice and it is inadequate to rely on feedback from a company-organised staff association when USDAW is the independent trade union. We are providing the support and advice that our members require at this time of uncertainty.”

A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said: “We believe our proposed new approach to pay and pensions would reward our people in a fair and consistent way, simplify and modernise our business, and help us attract and retain the best talent so we can continue to provide great service for our customers. The proposals include one of highest pay rates and one of the best benefit packages in UK retail. We are now consulting with our colleagues and listening carefully to their feedback.”

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