Comet's Hull call centre faces closure: 316 jobs could go
HUNDREDS of staff at Comet face losing their jobs as the company's Hull call centre is threatened with closure.
Comet told staff it had launched a consultation on closing its call centre on George Street and making 316 staff redundant.
The company has confirmed it is proposing to merge its two call centres in Hull and Clevedon, near Bristol, into one.
Comet will today launched a 90-day consultation into the plans. It has not yet decided which centre is to stay open.
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Bob Darke, Comet chief executive said: "In a phenomenally tough climate, significant savings are required to secure the long-term survival of our business.
"In no way should this be seen as a reflection of the commitment and efforts of our employees and we'll make every effort to help those ultimately affected to find alternative employment.
"These proposals are still subject to a three month consultation process and we'll continue to look at a range of options across our sites.
"Going forward we need to continue to review all business areas and working practices without losing focus on delivering great products and great customer service each and every day."
The changes will not affect the 161 people who work in the Comet business centre, also in George Street.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson has expressed her concern over the potential job losses.
Ms Johnson said on Twitter this lunchtime: "We can't afford to keep losing local private sector jobs."