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EmploymentHundreds of jobs at risk in Yodel's Oldham depot closure

Hundreds of jobs at risk in Yodel’s Oldham depot closure

Parcel giant Yodel has announced it will be closing its national sortation and transport depot in Shaw.

The “devastating blow” could affect around 350 workers.

Yodel CEO Mike Hancox said the ‘difficult decision’ was a result of a ‘strategic review’.

He added: “We are hugely grateful for the support of our colleagues based at Shaw over the years and we are now working in close consultation with all relevant stakeholders to provide guidance and support to those affected.

“Yodel has experienced a significant transformation over recent years with the rapid growth of our customer-to-customer service, Yodel Direct, and expansion of our Out of Home network and international operations. To meet demand for growing capacity and evolving parcel types with different sortation needs, we continue to invest in infrastructure and technology across our network including our core Wednesbury and Hatfield sortation centres.”

Mark Todd, Usdaw national officer said: “Yodel’s proposal to close their Shaw site is a devastating blow for staff and the wider community. Usdaw will now enter into meaningful consultation talks with the company, where we will interrogate their business case for this closure and seek the best possible outcome for our members.

“In the meantime, we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation that they need at this difficult time.”

Oldham Council said officials had been in discussions with Yodel bosses to set up support measures.

Leader, Arooj Shah said: “Our specialist staff and resources are being dedicated to these efforts in areas such as helping people find new jobs, training opportunities, and linking them up with wider council and partners’ support services.”


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