Shop union in talks over Co-op closures
A UNION representing workers facing redundancy at Midlands Co-operative Society's department stores earmarked for closure has held "constructive" talks with bosses.
This week, the society announced it planned to shut nine department stores in the region, including its Exchange Street store, in Derby. It is also looking to shut stores in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Chesterfield.
In total, 241 Derbyshire staff are at risk, including 64 at the Derby store.
Gavin Dadley, divisional officer at shopworkers' union Usdaw, has met with senior human resources managers from the Co-op. He said: "The society has reassured us it is doing everything possible to minimise the number of potential job losses.
"It has also reassured Usdaw that it would do all it could to find alternative employment within its other divisions, and in the local area, for staff affected by the closure programme."