More than 45,000 West Midland retail jobs lost since 2010 - The Solihull Observer

More than 45,000 West Midland retail jobs lost since 2010

Solihull Editorial 16th Oct, 2023   0

MORE than 45,000 traditional West Midlands retail jobs have been lost since 2010, sparking fears that the high street may be in ‘terminal decline’.

New GMB analysis shows that 45,386 traditional retail jobs have gone – a decline of 33.6 per cent – since the Conservatives took power.

The figures emerge as the last Wilko stores close their doors for the final time, costing 12,500 workers their jobs after the much-loved chain collapsed.

The final hundred Wilko stores closed on Sunday (October 8) marking the end of the 93-year-old chain’s operations.

The taxpayer is expected to pick up the more than £25 million cost of making Wilko workers redundant.

Andy Prendergast, GMB National Secretary, said: “High street retail is at the heart of our communities, but customers and workers are denied a fair deal.

“These shocking figures are a wakeup call that Wilko was not the first, and it will not be the last.

“Better support for communities and workers who face redundancy is urgently needed.

“That’s why GMB is calling on the Labour Party to enact its pledge to replace the business rates system, strengthen redundancy rights, and establish minimum ownership requirements for critical national retailers.

“Otherwise, the high street faces terminal decline.”

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