Eason set to keep stores despite job losses

Eason set to keep stores despite job losses

Irish chain bookseller Eason looks likely to escape sizeable store closures following the proposal for cutbacks agreed between the retailer and workers’ union Siptu.

But while no store closure programme was agreed as part of the final propositions, The Bookseller understands there will be a branch-by-branch examination of the retailer’s 60 stores, which may result in one or two stores closing.

Over 140 staff from Eason's 1,200 workforce will be made redundant, with changes made to staff contracts, including a six-day working week, if the final proposals agreed between the bookseller and workers' union Siptu are accepted by workers.

One Eason employee said while there was unhappiness among staff, the proposals were likely to be accepted. The worker said: “The unanimous view is that it’s not a great deal, particularly the six-day week. But the feeling is it will pass in the company as a whole.”

Eason said it had no comment to make while the process was still ongoing.