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Burton mother and baby shop staff face a cut in hours

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 30, 2014

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EMPLOYEES at a Burton store which caters for parents and babies are facing having their hours cut as part of a company restructure.

Bosses at Mothercare, which has a branch in Coopers Square shopping centre, have announced plans to overhaul the hours of up to 500 workers at shops up and down the country.

The firm is in talks with all staff who work more than 24 hours a week about the possibility cutting the number of hours they work.

Employees who do not accept the changes could be at risk of redundancy.

A spokesman for the firm said: “Mothercare is looking to increase the proportion of colleagues serving customers at our busiest times.

“As well as creating new jobs, this step will lead to changes in working practices for a number of our UK store colleagues and we are consulting with those affected.”

The firm, which employs around 3,500 full-time UK staff in 220 stores, also revealed it was set to create 200 part-time jobs as part of its bid to put more staff on the shop floor at peak times, such as Saturday afternoons.

Mothercare’s turnaround plans were suffered a setback in February when chief executive Simon Calver resigned, six weeks after the company issued a profits warning due to poor Christmas trading in the UK.

Mothercare had beaten full-year profit forecasts in May and said improved performance had continued into its new financial year.

The results had raised hopes of a turnaround drive.

The restructuring aims to modernise Mothercare in order to ‘attract customers, achieve cost efficiencies and become profitable again’.

The Burton store is also home to toy store the Early Learning Centre.

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