HIGH street department store Debenhams is to cut 2,500 as it battles to keep afloat in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The shop is the anchor store in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre although management says there are no plans to shut any more shops.
It means that since May, when 4,000 job losses were announced, the retailer has reduced its workforce by one third.
Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw is calling for urgent talks with Debenhams’ administrators as 2,500 shop and warehouse jobs are set to be axed.
The union says it is deeply concerned that the necessary consultation processes are not taking place and is preparing a legal challenge on behalf of members affected.
Dave Gill, Usdaw national officer, said: “This is more devastating news for staff who have been working under the threat of store closures and job losses for some time, having seen the company go into administration.
“We have been contacted by members who say they are being made redundant by conference call, with no meaningful consultation or proper notice period, as required by law.
“Debenhams staff not only face the trauma of losing their job, but also face being forced to seek justice through a lengthy tribunal process.
“We urge the administrators to engage with Usdaw, the trade union for Debenhams staff. It’s crucial that the staff and their voice should be heard, that they are treated within the law and with the dignity and respect they deserve.”