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85 M&S stores set to close as union demands recognition

WORKERS at Marks and Spencer (M&S) have been told that 85 more of the company’s stores are to close, on top of the 35 that have already been axed.

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw called for immediate talks and demanded that the chain drop its refusal to recognise the union.

Today, M&S posted pre-tax profits of £523.2 million for the year to March 30, representing a 10 per cent fall.

Usdaw national officer Dave Gill said that thousands of members at M&S needed union representation in the face of the closures.

“We again urge M&S management to abandon their long-held resistance to allowing Usdaw to represent the staff,” he added.

“It is simply unjust that the company has made the decision not to engage with a trade union. The staff are telling us they want Usdaw to represent them, not the in-house staff association. It should be their choice.”

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