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Net-A-Porter to recognise GMB Union in historic win for workers

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13 May 2019
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GMB, Britain’s general union, is to be officially recognised by luxury online fashion brand Net-A-Porter in a historic win for workers.

Hundreds of distribution assistants working in the company’s warehouse in Charlton, South London won the right to be represented by GMB after applying to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

The employer and union now enter into a period of negotiations to agree terms.

The predominantly young workforce – who pick and package for Net-A-Porter’s business – voted overwhelmingly in favour after a secret ballot.

Net-A-Porter workers should be proud of the courageous move they have taken to stand up and be counted. We’re showing how in new, emerging, digital economies, unions are as relevant now as they have ever been. 

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer

Net-A-Porter has made its name as a luxury fast fashion brand, stocking high end names like Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Gucci, and Prada.

The company turned over almost £650 million in the UK alone during 2017, making almost £50 million profit.

Globally the company brought in more than two billion euros, growing more than 10% year on year.

The victory marks a move beyond traditional retail and distribution sectors and into online retail - solidifying GMB’s position as the union for modern workplaces.

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:

“Net-A-Porter workers should be proud of the courageous move they have taken to stand up and be counted.

“They now have GMB on their side every day in their mission to win better terms and conditions at work for themselves and their colleagues.”
 

“We’re showing how in new, emerging, digital economies, unions are as relevant now as they have ever been. 

“This young, dynamic workforce voted overwhelmingly to bring GMB in - they know a trade union is not a luxury but a vital tool in winning fairness and dignity at work.

“We’re looking forward to getting round the table with Net-A-Porter to discuss how a democratic voice for workers will make real improvements in the workplace and aid the success and sustainability of the business.”

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