King's Lynn Poundland shuts
Lynn's Poundland store has been temporarily closed, according to the shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw.
It said this evening that it has been briefed by the discount retailer that they intended to temporarily close 32 stores from close of business today.
This included the Poundland in Broad Street in Lynn.
The union said the company are asking employees to voluntarily agree to be furloughed and staff will receive 80 per cent of average earnings in line with the Government’s Jobs Retention Scheme.
Poundland had given these three reasons for the temporary closures of the 32 stores, which are situated all over England and Wales:
The store is located in a retail park or shopping centre instructed to close by a landlord/business requirement.
There are a number of stores in the same area and closing will assist to streamline distribution operations.
There are not enough colleagues available to staff the store
Dave Gill, Usdaw national officer, said: “This is clearly a difficult time for shopworkers on the frontline of providing essential services during the Coronavirus emergency. We understand why the company feel the need to temporarily streamline the number of outlets and we have emphasised the need for furloughed workers to be volunteers.
"Usdaw continues in negotiations with the company, where we are calling for Poundland to top up the Government scheme, so that our members have no loss of income.”