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Sunday 8 December 2019

HMV staff take to Twitter to give live account of 'mass execution'

James Legge

WORKERS at troubled entertainment store HMV have seemingly announced their own sacking live on Twitter, through the company's official account.

The company's 62,561 followers were made privy to the company's inner turmoil when someone inside the company tweeted:

"We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!!"

"There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand"

"Sorry we've been quiet for so long. Under contract, we've been unable to say a word, or -more importantly - tell the truth"

The rogue tweeter then wrote: "Just overheard our Marketing Director (he's staying, folks) ask 'How do I shut down Twitter?'"

"So really, what have we to lose? It's been a pleasure folks! Best wishes to you all!"

It isn't clear whether or not the account had been hijacked from outside. Within 20 minutes of the first tweet, all had been deleted. The company has declined to comment on the tweets.

The company's joint administrators confirmed that 190 redundancies have been made across the head office and distribution network, but added that there have been no redundancies in stores, all of which remain open and continue to trade.

Nick Edwards, joint administrator, said: “Since our appointment as Administrators over two weeks ago, we have been assessing the financial position of HMV. Following this review, a number of redundancies at the head office and distribution centres have been made.

"Although such decisions are always difficult, it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern."

The 92-year-old retail group collapsed by appointing administrators earlier this month.

At the time, Trevor Moore, the chief executive of HMV, said: “We remain convinced we can find a successful business outcome. We want to make sure it remains on the high street,” adding: “We know our customers feel the same way.”

And last week hopes were raised after the company's debt was bought by Hilco, the restructuring business behind HMV Canada.

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