Retail union seeks talks with Argos over staff changes

Retail union Usdaw is seeking urgent talks with Argos management after the catalogue shopping giant announced major changes to in-store duties and hours affecting about 1,500 employees.

The proposed changes to in-store duties and hours will affect 500 sales managers and about 1,000 more staff across the UK.

“We are aware of these proposals, but we need to have urgent face to face talks with senior Argos management to discuss the impact of significant changes to sales managers’ duties and working hours for other staff,” said national officer John Gorle.

“We want to see the business plan that has prompted this decision so we can analyse the rationale behind a proposal that appears to adversely affect the day-to-day duties of our members.”

He said there would be a 90-day consultation period and the union would be working hard to make sure its members are fully briefed on any developments.

The union is seeking a meeting with Argos this week and will consult the union’s national committee, made up of store representatives from across the country, to find out what the feeling is on the shopfloor.

Argos said the plan was to ensure more staff worked at evenings and weekends.

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