Here at the Co-op we recognise the valuable support and service that trade unions can provide our colleagues. This information explains which trade unions we recognise in different parts of our Co-op.


The Union for Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) is one of Britain's largest trade unions with over 430,000 members nationwide.

Usdaw is recognised for collective bargaining purposes for:

  • Food stores,
  • FLS (excluding the coffin and masonry factories),
  • Support Centre (formerly the clerical and managerial agreement)
  • Logistics warehouses
  • Logistics drivers (jointly with Unite)


Unite is recognised for collective bargaining purposes in the following areas:

  • Logistics drivers (jointly with Usdaw)
  • Co-op Insurance for colleagues in Grade D and below
  • Coffin production and Masonry operations within Funeralcare