Concern expressed over local B&Q jobs

The B&Q building at Buncrana Road, Derry. DER1315MC050
The B&Q building at Buncrana Road, Derry. DER1315MC050

The 50 people employed by B&Q on the Buncrana Road in Derry found out on Tuesday that the store is due to close, according to SDLP MLA for Derry, Pat Ramsey.

The Derry store news comes after the boss of parent company, Kingfisher, announced that she intended to close 60 stores in Britain and Ireland.

“This is a sad day for Derry. The B&Q staff informed me that the decision to close the store was revealed to them on Tuesday night. No dates or support plans were revealed and staff are now left in a position where their future is uncertain,” said Mr. Ramsey.

“I am calling on B&Q management to enter into open and honest negotiations with these 50 employees. They should not be left blowing in the wind while decisions on their futures are withheld from them. I call on management to end the uncertainty faced by the employees and their families and I will be seeking a meeting with B&Q as a matter of urgency,” he said.

Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Maeve McLaughlin, demanded clarity on the 50 local jobs from B&Q.

“There is a responsibility on B&Q to make a public statement on its future intentions for their Derry store. We have been contacted by a number of workers who are very worried about their jobs following speculation in the media that the Derry store could be one of the locations earmarked for closure. Workers are rightly worried about this development. In the current climate any fear of job losses is a blow to the workers and their families and increases pressure on attempts to build economic stability.”