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GMB hails court ruling over union recognition for Lidl supermarket workers

The GMB said the courts “have today upheld a massive victory for workers’ rights”.

A leading union has claimed a “massive victory” for workers’ rights after a legal ruling over its bid to represent warehouse staff at supermarket giant Lidl.

The GMB hailed a decision by the Court of Appeal to reject an attempt by the company to overturn a previous ruling allowing it to negotiate on behalf of workers at a site in Bridgend, South Wales.

The court confirmed the right of the GMB to ballot the workers for union recognition.

Lorraine Gaskell, regional organiser of the GMB, said: “Despite Lidl’s repeated attempts at union-busting, the courts have today upheld a massive victory for workers’ rights.

“The company has shown a shocking lack of respect for their own staff’s wishes, and wasted shareholders’ money with this frivolous appeal.

“This will pave the way for workers at Bridgend to negotiate their pay and conditions via their democratically selected union reps. Hopefully Lidl will now see sense and form a constructive relationship with us.”

A Lidl spokesman said: “Whilst we are disappointed with the outcome of the Court of Appeal, we respect the decision and the ballot process will receive our full support.”

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