<span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Deathwatch</span> Jobwatch - Burberry closes factory, Home Retail Group considers redundancies

20 January 2009

Like buses, career opportunities and random sexual encounters, you wait ages for a Jobwatch update and then two come along at once.

First to Rotherham, where manufacturer of the official chav uniform (and occasional dresser of A-list celebrity) Burberry is shutting one of its UK factories with the loss of 170 jobs.

According to the company, the job cuts are nothing to do with the economic downturn, but because Burberry want to "evolve its supply chain" - chavtastic news for the workers who are losing their jobs during a near-recession.

In other news, Home Retail Group - owners of Argos and Homebase - has announced it is in consultation over possible redundancies. The company has suffered dreadful pre-Christmas sales, at Homebase in particular where sales dropped by over 10 per cent.

Like a modern day Sherlock Holmes, Home Retail Group suspect there will be "extremely challenging" times ahead, but are still expecting to make annual profits of over £300 million. How they manage to put biscuits on the boardroom table at their HQ is anyone's guess.


  • Jeezey
    I've had Homebase on my DeathWatch list for a long time, ever since they stopped being a DIY store and decided to become an overpriced version of Woollies (with slightly less friendly staff). Can't say they'll be missed, except maybe by people who like spending £6.50 on a nice plastic box with 5 screws in it.
  • Da R.
    What's that? Cries of "Thank fuck for that, I can go on the dole now" come from the Burberry factory?
  • Chilliman
    Argos make people redundant yet still make over £300 million!! There should be laws in place to prevent that kind of thing happening, absolutely disgraceful! This has happened to around 200 staff at an Argos warehouse near me in Kempston, Bedford.
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