Nottingham

Sixty jobs risk at Courtaulds clothing warehouse

A clothing warehouse in Nottinghamshire is set to close with the loss of about 60 jobs.

Courtaulds said it was looking to close the warehouse at Manton Wood, Worksop, in order to streamline its supply chain.

Managers stressed they would talk to employees and unions before a final decision was taken.

John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, called for action to save as many jobs as possible.

Swift action

The company said the consultation period would continue until all parties were satisfied and any process of winding down the warehouse, which can hold 45 million items, would be done over "a period of time".

Richard Cowlishaw, the firm's human resources director, said: "We very much regret that this proposal has become necessary but is absolutely vital in order to preserve the long-term viability of our business.

"We will now be entering into talks with Community Union and employee representatives to explore this proposal and alternatives to it."

He added that employees affected would be given preference for other posts in the firm.

But Mr Mann said: "This is bad news for our community and devastating for those directly affected by this announcement.

"We need to move fast, we need to hold talks now and we should be immediately asking for Sheffield City Region intervention. Now is the time for action".

Courtaulds makes underwear and sleepwear for high street retailers and employees about 700 people in the UK.

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