|Hugh is pictured with Linda MacFarlane and Laura McLean |
who are both members of Usdaw’s Equalities Committee
“The Coalition Government’s shake up of the welfare state is hitting people in Renfrewshire particularly hard and many are uncertain about the future of social security support.
“I believe that trade unions have a vital role to play in raising awareness of the support which is available and where improvements need to be made. I was pleased to have been able to spend time with Usdaw members, hearing first hand of their experiences and showing my support for a paid family leave.”
John Hannett Usdaw’s General Secretary said:” Three quarters of our members are parents and or carers and many struggle to juggle work with their family commitments – especially when unexpected family emergencies put added pressure on parents and carers.”
“At some point in our working lives we all need time off to care for someone close to us. Money worries are a growing concern for many thousands of our members. The legal rights available to workers for time off are unpaid, putting parents and carers under greater pressure at a time when they may already be feeling anxious.”
- Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK’s fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 426,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food, manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.