Slowdown forces job losses at online retailer

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shopping firm ShopDirect could be about to axe up to 800 jobs because of a lack
of business.

Up
to 550 jobs could go through the closure of a warehouse in Leeds and another
250 posts could be cut in Worcester, according to shopworkers union Usdaw.

National
officer Val Pugh said: "The union and our members are devastated at this
decision. The emphasis in our negotiations will be on protecting jobs where we
can, as well as securing the best redundancy packages where jobs do go."

The
union said jobs will be created at ShopDirect’s call centre in Leeds following
the company’s decision to close a site in India, and that warehouse workers
will be given the chance to retrain.

By Mike Berry

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