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Oldham Council in effort to help workers hit by Shop Direct decision


Oldham Council says it is shocked and disappointed that workers are set to lose their jobs after digital retail firm Shop Direct announced it plans to close its centres in Shaw and Chadderton.

The local authority states its priority now is to support all those affected by the closures.

Yesterday the company announced the sites were among three in Greater Manchester the firm is closing as it locates to the East Midlands.

The company is said to employ around 1,200 permanent staff members and 815 agency workers across the region

The sites are expected to close in 2020.

Helen Lockwood, Executive Director Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods, said: “This announcement has come out of the blue and we feel terrible for all those affected.

“The news that a major employer plans to leave is a blow to the borough.

“We are keen to have discussions with the company as soon as possible in order to find a solution that supports our local community.

“Our Get Oldham Working team are ready to offer our help and support to staff.

“We will work to try and find the affected workers new jobs, but we’ll also be providing practical support such as help with CVs and interview practice. We’d urge anyone who will be affected to contact the GOW team.”

The GOW Team can be contacted on 0161 770 4674 or at [email protected]

You can also call into the team’s offices at Metropolitan Place, Hobson Street, Oldham, OL1 1TT – across the road from the Job Centre – weekdays between 9am and 4pm.