The TUC has urged Marks and Spencer to think again about closing its French stores.
Speaking today before a rally against the proposals in central London, John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “They are not losing money, they are profitable. The closure had more to do with impressing City sentiment than it did with the real business interests of Marks and Spencer.”
He continued, “They thought they could export the UK’s easy hire and fire rules to the rest of Europe. It is not just M&S employees who have found that they have been sacked without real notice. Behaviour that is both illegal and unacceptable in France is all too common here as workers in Corus, Vauxhall and many others have found.”
He reiterated the TUC’s call to implement the European Directive on Information and Consultation in theUK.
Monks said, “This would require all companies employing more than fifty people to talk and consult on a continuing basis, not just when it is too late.”
The rally starts at midday in Allsop Place, near Baker Street and will pass M&S’s headquarters and flagship Oxford Street store before finishing in Hyde Park.