The sudden announcement by Cost Plus Sofas of impending store closures and job cuts is causing alarm among staff and customers of 23 Irish stores, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary.
Deputy Calleary has criticised the company’s method of announcing such a major ‘restructuring’ of its business in Ireland which is likely to result in sweeping cuts.
The Fianna Fáil Deputy said, “Customers attempting to contact Cost Plus Sofas today are being stone-walled with a blunt message on the company’s website and phone-lines. Many have tried to contact their local store and have been unable to.
“What is of greater concern is how the hundreds of workers at Cost Plus Sofas were told of this news. I sincerely hope that management fully briefed staff at each of the 23 Irish stores before issuing this public notice. I also hope that the company consults with the workers throughout the restructuring process and commits to doing everything in its power to save as many jobs as possible.
“This news comes as yet another blow for the retail sector in Ireland. Unfortunately Cost Plus Sofas is just the latest large retailer to get into serious difficulty. Each time, large numbers of jobs are lost or put at risk. When will the government wake up to the ever deepening crisis in the retail sector?
“While the immediate concern today must be for the staff at Cost Plus Sofas, the government needs to take decisive steps to rescue the Irish retail sector as a whole. Once again I am calling on the Jobs Minister Richard Bruton to take targeted action to support retailers and encourage the growth of the sector.”