West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has spoken out following the announcement that the Co-operative Travel store in Ormskirk is threatened with closure.
Rosie was in immediate contact with Usdaw, trade union representatives and the Co-op Group over this decision.
Speaking after the announcement MP Rosie said:
“I am disappointed by this announcement. This is a very difficult and stressful time for all the staff and their families. I say this as someone who has been made redundant in the past.
“I will be working closely with Usdaw and Co-operative Travel to ensure the best deal for Ormskirk staff during the 90-day consultation period.
“I understand this is a challenging time for businesses and in particular the travel and tourism industry. However, the news that the new Chief Executive, Harriet Green, has secured a lucrative salary and bonus scheme close to £3m will be a bitter pill to swallow for the staff who will be forced out of a job.
“The closure of the Co-op Travel branch will leave yet another empty unit in Ormskirk town centre.
“In these difficult economic times, when every area is competing for jobs, employment, and business; West Lancashire Borough Council needs to be doing more to make our area attractive for businesses and work to make West Lancashire a place that can compete in the 21st Century economy.”