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Last day for 11,000 Schlecker employees

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Last day for 11,000 Schlecker employees
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10:11 CET+01:00
Some 2,200 stores run by bankrupt drugstore chain Schlecker are shutting their doors for good on Saturday – leaving about 11,000 workers in limbo. Nearly all of the employees are women.

Some Schlecker locations were forced to close a few days early because there were hardly any products left on the shelves.

"The closing sales have gone very well," a spokesman for the bankruptcy administrator said.

Schlecker is closing 40 percent of its stores in a bid to help the company return to profit in the years ahead.

The drugstore chain is hoping workers affected by the closures will be given places on an interim employment scheme.

Insolvency administrator Arndt Geiwitz wants to establish a transfer company for the former workers to ease the transition into other employment. For this, the firm would need a sum of €70 million, Die Welt newspaper reported.

The chairwoman of the workers' council, Christel Hoffmann, remarked Saturday that a transfer company would be a good solution.

In an interview with state radio station Deutschlandfunk, she said the plan would give former employees the chance to take part in training opportunities, "to put them back in the job market as soon as possible."

A decision on the transfer company issue is expected on Wednesday.

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