'A slap in the face for loyalty' - Clive Lewis on IKEA closure
- Credit: UK Parliament
A Norfolk MP has called the loss of 39 jobs "a slap in the face for loyalty" after it was announced Ikea's Norwich Order and Collection Point will close permanently.
Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South called for more government support for low-paid workers, saying local store workers had been caught in "the eye of the storm".
He said: "I'm sorry for everyone who's losing their job.
"Many will have worked diligently throughout the pandemic as the company turned stores into distribution centres for online orders during lockdown, today's announcement will feel like a slap in the face for that loyalty.
"These local employees have found themselves in the eye of a storm hitting bricks and mortar retail hard."
You may also want to watch:
The Resolution Foundation thinktank forecasts that low-paid workers are most at risk of losing jobs when furlough ends in September.
Mr Lewis added: "My worry is this government has no strategic plan to support the recovery of employment in sectors hit hardest by Covid.
- 1 'Second time this year' - Armed police called to Norwich street
- 2 'Someone will get hurt' - Frustration over pothole near Norwich surgery
- 3 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 4 Ex-head charged with sex attacks on boys at Norfolk school
- 5 Men ran over roofs to flee police after Norwich cannabis factory raid
- 6 Hopes for a summer reopening of popular park café
- 7 New bus and cycle lane opens after traffic disruption into city
- 8 Jailed in Norfolk last week: Drug dealer, £1.3m fraudster and paedophile
- 9 'We offered £20k over and still lost out': Frantic housing market revealed
- 10 Music shop for rent after couple bow out after 34 years
"The support it is offering is underwhelming - including the woefully under-resourced 'restart' grant scheme.”