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HMV closures a huge blow to local economy

7 February, 2013 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Employment Spokesperson Phil Flanagan has said that he is deeply disappointed that nine out of the ten HMV stores in the North are to close.

 Mr. Flanagan said:

 “I am deeply disappointed that out of the 66 HMV stores the administrators have decided to close nine of them that are situated across the North.

 “This is a huge blow to the local economy especially coming so quickly on the back of the closure of other high street stores such as Jessops and Hoi Polloi. 

 “It is clear that the retail sector is facing a crisis and I am calling on Minister of Enterprise, Trade & Investment Arlene Foster to protect these high street businesses by looking at incentives that will allow them to ride out the recession.

 “There is still a responsibility on HMV to uphold the rights and entitlements of their workers and they must do all they can over the next two months to help their employees find alternative employment.

 “HMV need to clearly state that if some of their employees find alternative employment during their closing period that they will still have their full entitlements paid to them and will not be penalised for leaving early.”

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