Online retailer Shop Direct has announced it will be closing down three sites in Greater Manchester to create a new distribution centre in the East Midlands. The affected sites are Chadderton, Salford and Shaw, which is in my constituency.
It is devastating news for the Shop Direct staff, who have been informed and their families and the anticipated redundancies will have a dreadful effect on the local community.
I’m bitterly disappointed that Shop Direct failed to engage with the council or myself before this morning about their plans to move to the East Midlands in the 18 months that this has been planned.
I’ll be working closely with the council, unions and Mayor of Greater Manchester’s office to ensure that Shop Direct management are coordinating properly with trade union representatives and that they keep their commitment to support staff impacted by these anticipated redundancies with relevant financial support, training and advice.
I’ll also be writing to the Prime Minister, and government ministers to demand they are fully engaged in the process of supporting my constituents through this difficult process.