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W21 Branch Priority Update 21-3-2020

W21 Branch Priority Update 21-3-2020

DC2 and Retail staff update

The government announced that schools will close from Friday 20th March until further notice for all but pupils whose families are ‘key workers’ and vulnerable groups.

As a retailer we are currently working to the current Government guidance that our work is critical to the COVID-19 response and that we work in a critical sector –
*Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery, as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines). (*
If you cannot keep your child safe at home then the government have said your children will be prioritised for education provision. Wilko are providing supporting letters so that you can provide the necessary school authorities evidence of your critical requirements to the Covid-19 response if required.

Copies of the supporting letters will be available in the DC2 foyer for Distribution Centre team members whilst retail team members should speak to their line manager at the earliest opportunity.

DC2 Management has also confirmed this morning that there are opportunities for additional hours and shifts. Any assistance DC2 staff can do in support will help keep our stores supplied with urgently required key goods so please speak to your DC2 line manager if able to do so. Retail staff should coordinate with their line manager to arrange any additional hours and shifts available within their specific store.

Wilko are working with the GMB to offer work opportunities to local people who may have lost employment due to the Covid-19 situation. There will be opportunities for work with the DC2 agency provider PMP for team members family/friends who are looking for work. Please contact PMP at the local onsite office on 01633 459036/883675 or alternatively email:

Please stay safe everyone and thank you for all your efforts.

From all the team at W21 Branch

Link for PDF copy of school letter -> letter to schools

Posted: 23rd March 2020

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