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Boots announces plans to cut more than 4,000 jobs - a further crushing blow to high street says Usdaw

Date: 09 July 2020 Today, Boots has announced plans to cut around 7% of its workforce within retail, head office and opticians in order to mitigate the significant impact of Covid-19.
Daniel Adams – Usdaw National Officer says: “After everything Boots workers have given to their communities and their country as key workers over the past few months, this is bitterly disappointing news and a further blow to the high street.

“We have very little information beyond what is in the media at this stage and urge the Company to engage with Usdaw so that all options can be explored.  The union will do everything we can to support our members in the coming weeks.

“With a summer statement yesterday from the Chancellor that failed to even mention retail, as job losses mount it is clearer than ever that the Government desperately needs to get a grip of the retail crisis before it spirals out of control.”

Notes for editors:
 
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with over 400,000 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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