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B&M staff devastated by the proposed closure of the Blackpool distribution centre

Date: 03 January 2020 B&M informed staff on 16 December of their proposal to close the Blackpool distribution centre; citing the unsuitability of the site and the impact of an extended distribution network. The proposal puts 128 jobs at risk.
Nick Gerrard - Usdaw Area Organiser says: “This was clearly a devastating announcement for staff, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. Blackpool was B&M’s first distribution centre, so there are many long-serving and loyal staff impacted. Usdaw is now in the middle of meaningful consultation talks, which will run for at least 45 days, where we are evaluating the business case and seeking the best possible outcome for our members. In the meantime we are providing Usdaw members with the support, advice and representation they need at this difficult time.”

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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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