Union warns of Studio job cuts

By Ged Henderson

01 May 2024

Studio Retail Ltd Office Building In Clayton

Workers at Studio Retail in Accrington are facing job losses as part of a proposed company restructuring exercise, union leaders have warned.

Usdaw, which represents staff at the home shopping site, owned by Frasers Group, says it will enter into consultation talks about the proposed changes to the business, which it described as "devastating news".

A spokesperson for Frasers Group said that the company would be making no comment.

Usdaw says the company's plans include restructuring the Accrington warehouse and reducing the overall number of staff employed there. The union has not put any number on the possible job losses.

The retail, warehouse and distribution trade union says other moves could have a "significant impact" on Studio Retail workers based in Trafford and Widnes. It says the Widnes warehouse faces permanent closure.

Julia Baldwin, Usdaw area organiser, said: “Studio Retail’s proposal of further redundancies at the Accrington site and the possible closure of the Widnes warehouse and Trafford office is devastating news all staff. 

"After many recent operational changes within the business, this further restructuring leaves staff in a very uncertain position and worried for their future at Studio Retail.

 “Usdaw reps are supporting members through this difficult time and through the consultation process we are seeking the best possible outcome for those impacted. 

"The union is working with the company to identify suitable alternative roles to maximise the number of staff retained in employment.”

In its statement Usdaw said the company was also looking at transferring the personalisation of products service from Studio to Frasers, with the permanent relocation of the department to Shirebrook.

The business was also said to be looking to close its Trafford office, moving the functions to the Clayton office in Lancashire and Fraser's Academy House based in London. 

The union said that under the plans current operations at the Widnes warehouse would be integrated into the Accrington facility. 

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