DIXONS Carphone will close the 531 stand-alone Carphone Warehouse stores next month, resulting in the loss of 2,900 jobs.
The store closings are part of a plan to turn around the retailer’s mobile business.
The retailer expects an additional 1,800 employees affected by the store closings to find new jobs with the company.
There are Carphone Warehouse stores in 305 PC World and Curry department stores, and these will not be affected by the changes.
Carphone Warehouse said customers will be able to head to department stores for the service, while mobile deals will still be available online and the carphonewarehouse.com site will remain open.
The stand-alone stores, which account for 8% of Dixons Carphone’s total sales space in the UK, will close on April 3.
Your rights in the event of dismissal
If you are licensed, you may be eligible for the following, according to GOV.UK.
- Severance pay: If you have been working for your current employer for at least two years, you are generally entitled to statutory redundancy pay.
- A notice period: According to the law on dismissals, you are entitled to a minimum notice of 12 weeks if you have been employed for 12 years or more, at least one week if you have been employed between one month and two years, or one week for each year if employed between two and 12 years. If your employer does not want you to work during your notice period, they can offer you a lump sum instead.
- A consultation with your employer: Employers should always consult with employees before dismissing them for dismissal. In short, your employer must tell you what is going on and give you the opportunity to ask questions and raise objections.
- The option to move to another job: Your employer may offer you “other suitable employment” within your organization or an associated company. Keep in mind that you risk losing your right to statutory severance pay if you refuse it without reasonable cause.
- Free time to find a new job: If you have had continuous employment for two years, you can take reasonable time off to look for another job or arrange training to help you find another job.
Group CEO Alex Baldock said the move comes as customers increasingly shop online and at department stores that sell computers and TVs and mobiles.
The aim is to bring this part of the business, which will lose £ 90 million this year, back to profitability.
Baldock added: “I do not underestimate how heartbreaking this news will be for our colleagues, and we will treat everyone with honesty, respect and care.
“We are working hard to take care of these colleagues for whom we cannot find new roles, financially and otherwise.
“We will pay enhanced redundancy, any bonuses, honor their share allocation and help them find new jobs through an outplacement program.
“We recognize our responsibilities to our colleagues and our communities and we intend to assume them.
“But while this is by far the most difficult decision we have ever made, it is necessary. We have to follow our customers.
“They want help for all technologies, in one place, and this trend will only accelerate in a more connected 5G world.”
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