Discussion in 'UK politics, current affairs and news' started by treelover, Dec 17, 2008.
Alll stores to close on January 5th, 28,000 jobs to go?
There is still time for an entrepreneur to pop in and save the least loss making from closure.
In fact if someone had tried earlier they might have been saddled with debt and all the stores, now with the end in sight they may be able to get a much better deal, i.e. only the best stores, no debts and minimal stock.
I'm surprised there are any jobs left in this country. I've been following the news and so far I'm pretty sure more jobs have gone than there are people. Poor sods, wonder how long before I join them.
what a way to start the year
A veritable Christmas miracle!
You wouldn't put past someone to step in on Christmas Eve just for the good publicity. Probably cheaper than running an ad campaign.
I smell a Dragon's Den Christmas special here!
Don't tell me tv isn't that cynical.
Oh for a decent union to put forward an alternative strategy.
This is incredibly sad
And you, you useless cunt.
How do they have the cheek to still call themselves a trade union?
Indeed. Used to work there. They made us join Usdaw so I set up a GMB branch much to the hilarity of the more militant shop stewards who back then (early 90s) were getting fobbed off with press releases like that one.
I've heard several stories about USDAW full timers having an 'agreement' to drop a line to management if any lay members got a bit militant in meetings.
fck it makes them sound like they are dogs or something, not potentially devastated, betrayed and angry human beings.
Didn't you get the memo steveo? It's in your contract to wag your fucking tail and beg for scraps. Go on, beg. Beg you fucker. You want this job. You really want to scan those fucking chinese built consumer durables for little over minimum wage. And smile. Go on, smile. Really smile, you need to convince me, cos I got the dollars. etc etc.
Went into my union office today(unite) who told me they have had loads of usdaw members ringing up wanting to join.The representation they have had from Usdaw has been shit.
This "comply with instructions from their store managers" reminded me of the lyrics from Every Home a Prison.
Woolworths did suffer from not keepking up with the times. Stores like Wilkinsons took the model and expanded it, with Woolworths (to me) standing still. The image of it being cheap cd singles and pic'n'mix was not being shifted that quickly.
I am gutted for the 28,000 losing thier jobs, especially when it comes so soon in the new year, but as ever it seems those in charge of the business model had no idea how to adapt to modern times.
My mother works in a supermarket, where USDAW has been "Us-slow" and "Us-dodo" for as long as i can remember.....
It's always been run by guys from the distribution (ie warehousing, transport) branches who never worked in a shop. Things don't seem to have changed from a quick look at their website.
So true. I remember talking to one of my mates about this, there didn't seem to be any point in Woolworths..what was it for? What did it sell? Always just seemed like a mess rather than having a coherent strategy on products...kinda of an upclass pound shop.
even worse than the GMB?
Not much point in Woolworths in cities, but it really came into its own in country towns. I've been in places like Kirkwall and Stornoway where Woolies really is the town centre where you meet everyone, because there aren't any other big shops and Woolworths had the infrastructure to stock ranges that nobody else could. But these towns now have their Tescos and Morrisons on the outskirts (which could be only 200 yards away, of course) so the market's gone there too.
George Galloway MP has tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling for a People's Woolies.
And there's a petition that people can use to supply George Galloway with their names and addresses.
Hmm, another great idea from Galloway, yes I can see that one fly!! .............. ( not )
So far he's got eight signatures.
Yeh my experience of USDAW is that they work for the retailers not their members
Yeah, basically another subsidiary of Tesco.
Read that 60% (on some items) sale is coming...that's mean Playstation 3's for £180!
now that wuold be a christmas miracle
Shit, there goes a bandwagon with no hope of succeeding but will make me look like a champion of the people, best hop aboard...perma-tanned idiot.
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