Labour County Councillor Josh Lovell has today written to the senior press officer at Waitrose & Partners in response to the announcement of the closure of their Stevenage High Street store.
Whilst understanding that the stated policy of Waitrose is to ensure the retention of staff “where possible” any closure resulting in compulsory redundancies would be outrageously disappointing and must be avoided he said.
Councillor Lovell also stressed that the Post Office located within the branch ought to be retained noting the public petitions to save the service. Waitrose have been urged to work with all concerned to see that the service is not lost from the High Street.
A reply is awaited.
County Councillor Lovell notes that Waitrose – despite offering staff their lowest bonus this year (3%) since the 1950s – remains a profitable organisation, who made £160M pre-tax profit last year. “Closing stores and putting staff in this unfair and dangerously precarious position can never be the answer . Employees at this branch – and all others mooted for closure – should challenge this, demand their stores are kept open and their jobs retained” he said.