Brock: John Lewis staff ‘deserve more for their loyalty than a P45’
Jobs blow as John Lewis Bonnington depot to close
Department store John Lewis is to close it’s Leith warehouse, with the loss of up to 78 jobs. The company plans to centralise distribution from it’s delivery hub in Glasgow, where 40 new jobs are to be created.
Commenting on the John Lewis proposals to close the Bonnington Road distribution depot, local MP Deidre Brock said: ““This is a deeply disappointing decision which has come as a bolt out the blue to staff at the Leith depot, many of whom have worked there for decades. They deserve more for their loyalty than a P45.
“The Leith depot is a busy hub and it seems daft to me to send trucks from Glasgow to deliver in Edinburgh when we’ve a perfectly good set-up here. I’ve asked John Lewis for more information on these proposals and stand ready to help where I can.”
The profits and benefits created by the company’s success are shared by all of John Lewis’ partners (i.e staff).
The John Lewis Partnership mission statement reads: ‘The John Lewis Partnership’s reputation is founded on the uniqueness of our ownership structure and our commercial success. Our purpose is ‘the happiness of all our members, through their worthwhile, satisfying employment in a successful business‘, with success measured on our ability to sustain and enhance our position both as an outstanding retailer and as a thriving example of employee ownership. With this in mind, our strategy is based on three interdependent objectives Partners, customers and profit.’