Shop worker’s union USDAW has warned up to 700 BHS staff will be affected by the latest wave of store closures and urged Sir Phillip Green to find alternative roles for those facing redundancy.
A further 30 stores are earmarked for closure at the end of July, on top of the 20 reported by Drapers earlier this week.
The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers national officer Dave Gill said: “This is terrible news for the staff in the 30 stores affected, on top of the 20 stores that are closing this Saturday. Our hope is that other retailers, including Sir Phillip Green’s Arcadia group, will offer employment to these experienced, dedicated and loyal staff who suddenly find themselves unemployed.
“At the same time we are aware that the administrators are continuing to seek a buyer, who will hopefully be able to secure the future of the staff in the remaining stores.
“We remain concerned that there is still no news from Sir Phillip since he promised to ‘sort’ the pension scheme and we wait to hear details of what he proposes. In the meantime we are providing the support, advice and representation our members require at this difficult time.”