Lidl Loses Union Case Against GMB

Lidl has said it is likely to appeal against a court ruling that has given its employees the right to union representation.

The ruling by the Central Arbitration Committee was filed against Lidl by the GMB union, on behalf of warehouse workers in Bridgend, South Wales.  The CAC ruled in favour of the union, with GMB terming it a “landmark” legal victory.

The GMB noted: “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.”

Lidl, however, termed the ruling as “disappointing”, adding: “We maintain the belief that our employees are fairly represented within the business, without having to engage with unions and creating a fragmented workforce”.  It also said it is considering appealing against the CAC’s decision.