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Woolworths staff continue protest

Woolworths' staff protest
Staff are campaigning to receive redundancy pay

A number of staff who lost their jobs when the Jersey branch of Woolworths closed last month continued their protest earlier.

They are campaigning for redundancy pay as Jersey has no statutory redundancy protection for employees.

More than 80 local people were made redundant when the retailer went into administration.

Former Woolworth's workers said they now have about 7,500 names on a petition supporting their cause.

Lease 'interest'

They collected the signatures of shoppers earlier outside the former shop in King Street, a day after receiving their redundancy notices and handing over the keys of the store to administrators Deloitte.

Staff representative Anne-Marie Le Blowes said: "It's terrible, it hit me today that I'm not going to be able to go back inside."

On Friday about 30 staff staged a sit-in at the store and protested outside Deloitte's Jersey office.

The States is considering whether to allocate 140,000 to a one-off redundancy fund for affected employees.

Politicians are due to hold another meeting with former Woolworth's staff on Tuesday.

Deloitte said there had already been interest in taking over the lease on the Jersey store.

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