Dave Gill – Usdaw National Officer says:
“This damning report outlines some extraordinary events and raises serious questions about corporate governance and business probity. The consequences of actions by a handful of people in the running of BHS are now being felt by the 11,000 hard working, dedicated and loyal staff with 20 stores closed last Saturday and another 30 due to close next Saturday. Many of these staff have given their whole working lives to the company and they must be feeling devastated and totally let down. While 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 are increasingly concerned as time goes on.
“Sir Philip Green made two promises to BHS staff after the company went into administration. First, to offer employment within the Arcadia Group to the blameless, dedicated and loyal staff who suddenly find themselves unemployed. Second, to ‘sort’ the pension scheme and we await details of what he proposes. We need him to come good on these commitments as soon as possible. In the meantime we are providing the support, advice and representation our members require at this difficult time.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
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