GMB responds to ‘devastating’ Debenhams closures

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26 Apr 2019
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GMB, Britain’s general union, has responded the ‘devastating’ Debenhams closures.

Debenhams has named 22 of the 50 stores it plans to close as part of a plan by new owners to revive the department store chain.

The retailer says the store closures will start next year and 1,200 staff will be affected by the first phase.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said:

“Although many will not be surprised by the closure announcements  - this is devastating news for Debenhams employees who have battled hard to keep the company afloat.

“They will join the tens of thousands of retail workers made redundant in recent months.

“It’s a travesty, yet this Government does nothing.

“It’s another hammer blow for the high street, another established name gone and more retail space left empty. 

“The closures will have a real and negative impact on the livelihoods of the employees and on local communities. 

“It’s about time this Government stopped bickering over Brexit and did something to stem retail job losses and reinvigorate Britain’s high streets.” 

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