Neville Cox, after reading about the CLS, replied:
I’m not surprised at no response to complaints about the organisation. I experienced this when I tried to raise opposition to United Co-op selling off all Yorks Co-ops department stores*, Sunwin House.
They ignored my letters and when I tried to raise 100 signatures for a special meeting all staff were told they must not sign any such letter.
The only way I got my point of view across was the Co-op News who raised its head above the parapet. They received some serious criticism I believe but they were honest.
Co-op principles are forgotten when there is personal gain, or when the establishment realise they have made a mistake but won’t admit it.
* For readers new to the subject some information on a forum – 2009: http://www.metropol247.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5846&start=22:
Until very recently, Sheffield had 3 or 4 department stores, with Sheffield Co-operative Society (SCS) competing directly against United Co-op who traded as Sunwin. Sheffield Co-op was merged into United Co-op in 2006 (with the promise of 0 SCS job losses) who then merged with the national Co-op (who proceeded to sack any SCS staff they could). The department stores finally closed in early 2008.