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Mothercare staff will get nothing in redundancy pay from collapsed retailer

MOTHERCARE staff will get nothing in redundancy pay from the collapsed baby goods retailer.

Loyal workers — some with decades of service — were shunted into meetings to be told there was no money for them, just weeks before Christmas.

 Sacked staff will get nothing in redundancy pay from collapsed baby goods retailer Mothercare
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Sacked staff will get nothing in redundancy pay from collapsed baby goods retailer MothercareCredit: Dan Charity - The Sun

Instead, they were advised to visit the Government’s website and to apply for statutory redundancy.

It comes days after it emerged the failing chain’s bosses raked in more than £500,000 in bonuses just months ago.

Chairman Clive Whiley got £240,000, chief executive Mark Newton-Jones got £158,000, and finance boss Glyn Hughes was awarded an extra £163,000.

The UK arm of the business went into administration last week, with all 79 shops closed.

Staff at the company’s head office in Watford were among those told on Friday they were not being paid.

They were pointed to the Government scheme but it is usually limited to a week’s pay for each year’s service.

One source said: “There were people in that meeting who have been there for decades. The Government redundancy money can take up to six weeks, with Christmas around the corner, as well.”

Mothercare, which continues to operate abroad, said it shut down its UK operation to “ensure a sustainable future for the group’s global colleagues, pension fund, lenders and other stakeholders”.

They added: “It is with deep regret and sadness that we have been unable to avoid the administration of Mothercare UK and Mothercare Business Services.

Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers said it was a: “sad moment for a well-known high street name”.

Mothercare shoppers queue for hours to bag bargains at huge closing down sales