Belfast Telegraph

Lidl to challenge court decision on union representation

Supermarket chain Lidl is to appeal against a court decision allowing its workers to be represented by a union.

The GMB, which took the case to the Central Arbitration Committee on behalf of warehouse workers in Bridgend, South Wales, called on the company to abandon attempts to "subvert" workers' rights.

Maria Ludkin, the GMB's legal director, said: "Lidl has lost two court battles. It is about time it took the jackboots off and started respecting the laws in this country.

"In the UK since Victorian times, we have had a culture where employees enjoy the legal rights to choose to be represented by an organisation independent of the employer.

"Lidl must now abandon attempts to subvert these rights and begin to bargain with their employees and to extend collective bargaining to their hard-pressed retail workers."