Fears over Mothercare cuts

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Staff at Newtownabbey’s Mothercare store could be among those affected by the retailer’s plans to overhaul working hours.

The mother and baby products retailer is currently “in consultation” with employees over plans to cut the hours of 500 UK staff who work more than 24 hours a week. The company also plans to create 200 new part-time jobs.

Workers who do not accept the change could face redundancy.

A Mothercare representative told The Times: “We are not making any comments on individual stores.

“There are about 500 employees being consulted about working patterns.

“Customer feedback shows that customers want increasing flexibility of working hours. Those on longer hours contracts are likely to see their hours cut.”

The firm has stressed that it has “no intention of introducing zero hours contracts.”