SIPTU representatives will meet with Marks & Spencer workers tomorrow (Thursday, 8th August) to discuss options and redundancy terms for members of staff affected by the planned closure of four of the company’s stores. The company announced today (7th August) that it intends to close its stores in Tallaght, Naas, Dun Laoghaire and Mullingar, which will result in the loss of approximately 180 jobs.SIPTU Organiser, Neil McGowan, said: “SIPTU represents workers at Marks & Spencer stores across Ireland. Today’s announcement that the company is closing four stores is a devastating shock for the workers and their families. Management also announced today that it is seeking reductions in the terms and conditions of employment of all staff.”He added: “SIPTU will enter into discussions around the consequences arising from these planned closures. Our priority is to ensure that our members who are directly affected in the four stores are given the best possible range of options available in an effort to reduce the impact of this devastating news.“These job losses are yet another indication of the weakened demand in the domestic economy, and the retail sector in particular, that has been accentuated by the continued economic austerity policies being pursued by the Government.”