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Primark pledges to pay staff of fire-ravaged store

Primark has announced plans to relocate staff from the fire-damaged Primark Bank Building in Belfast to other stores where possible and pay all staff affected by the fire until 31 December.

Staff at the store have been guaranteed payment for employment until the end of the year as the retailer works on options following the 28 August fire, which extensively damaged the building and led to 1,500 people being evacuated. Around 350 people work at the branch.

In a statement Primark said: “During this time our main focus has been on continued support for our colleagues while working together with the authorities and the business community in Belfast. Today, we want to provide an update on our plans.

”We can today confirm that we will be paying all Primark Bank Building colleagues until Monday 31 December 2018. We will be allocating individuals to other Primark stores, taking into account each team member’s individual circumstances. We are aiming to have the team back at work from Monday 17 September.

“Primark is holding one-to-one discussions with colleagues to ensure that important factors such as additional travel expenses are also taken into account.

“Our people are our priority and we have taken steps to support every member of the team in Belfast. The positivity and determination shown by our colleagues has been an inspiration and we would like to thank every single team member for their commitment and cooperation.

“We also remain committed to the city of Belfast, and the Primark team is working very closely with the authorities to determine the best approach to reducing the size of the safety cordon as soon as feasible. We have participated in all stakeholder meetings to provide ongoing updates to all parties.”

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