Before Covid-19 lockdown XPO Logistics at the massive H&M site on Radial Park, Boothen announced that they were closing the site and relocating the work out of the area.
During lockdown they continued to work with some questionable work practices leading to many complaints from workers at the site. They laid off several hundred agency workers. Many of these workers are our neighbours here in Boothen & Oak Hill. The final closure of the site has seen the remaining employees made redundant.
Of course, some will have found other work but the figures above from the Office for National Statistics show the impact on our area. Unemployment doubled in the 6 months to May 2020 and that was before the Covid-19 lockdown really bit. I fear that the worst is yet to come with the furlough scheme now coming to an end.
What will be the future for the many?