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Morrisons proposed store closures in Ince, Shirley, Swindon and Crawley is devastating news for staff says Usdaw

Date: 22 August 2019 Supermarket giant Morrisons has today announced their intention to close four stores in Ince (near Wigan in Greater Manchester), Shirley (near Solihull in the West Midlands), Swindon Regent Circus (Wiltshire) and Crawley (West Sussex). Morrisons states that “Following a review of all our supermarkets’ performance, we’ve unfortunately identified four unprofitable stores, where even our best estimates suggest losses will continue to worsen.”
Joanne McGuinness – National Officer for the shopworkers’ trade union says: “This is devastating news for the staff affected. We will now enter into meaningful consultations with the company to look at the business for their proposals. In the meantime we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need at this difficult time.
 
“The ongoing crisis in retail is impacting all companies as we see an increasing number of job losses and store closures across the industry. We need urgent Government action and an industrial strategy for retail to help our high streets and save our shops.”
 
Usdaw’s ‘Save Our Shops’ campaign promotes our industrial strategy for retail, which proposes detailed and evidence led policies, centred on three key areas:
  • Economy and community - changing the economic framework on everything from car parking to rates, rents and reforming the tax system to create a level playing field between online and ‘bricks and mortar’ retailers.
  • People and productivity - improving productivity by addressing low pay and insecure work, while giving staff a say in the future of the business they work for and on the introduction of new technology.
  • Retail jobs are real jobs - challenging perceptions about retail work and promoting the fact that retail jobs are real jobs that make a vital contribution to our communities and our economy. Seeking a greater focus from Government on the retail industry and ensuring shopworkers are valued.
Usdaw’s industrial strategy for retail: www.usdaw.org.uk/retailstrategy
 
Notes for editors:
 
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 410,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
 
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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