Redundancy fear of Oddbins staff

09 February, 2007

Some Oddbins staff could face redundancy as the multiple specialist continues its closure programme.

As reported in OLN on Nov 10, Oddbins plans to close 50 shops across the country over the next 12 months, but will open the same number in more profitable locations.

When asked if staff would be moved to new shops, a spokeswoman said "as and when new shops open, they are being offered the chance to move and will be in discussions with human resources".

She said shops were being shut down where they had "become unprofitable through rent rises - it's normal business".

One Oddbins employee told OLN : "People higher up in the company have been speaking and calling other shops and quashing rumours spreading around the company. Nothing has been put down in writing as yet."

The spokeswoman responded by saying all staff had been informed of the shop closure programme in writing last autumn.

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