Manawatu Standard

Thewarehou­se staff called to meetings


Staff at Thewarehou­se have been called to meetings next week amid rumours of further redundanci­es at the retail giant. Stuff understand­s the company will present a proposal to close jewellery counters at its stores. Yesterday, a spokeswoma­n for Thewarehou­se said meetings would be held on Tuesday and staff had not yet received any proposal. First Union retail organiser Ben Peterson said the union heard from The Warehouse about a proposal yesterday afternoon. While details were still unclear, the union would represent all affected staff, he said. ‘‘It is a very profitable company, so we can’t see any reason for redundanci­es.’’ Lastmonth, Thewarehou­se Group, which includes Thewarehou­se, Noel Leeming, Warehouse Stationery and Torpedo7, reported a record first-half profit of $55 million, up from $29.2m on the year before.

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