Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) intends to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Spain who are now under furlough due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Spanish union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO).

The Swedish apparel retailer “informed employee representatives of the launch of a redundancy plan which it said will affect more than 1,000 people” and the closure of 30 stores, the union said in a statement.

In October, H&M announced plans for a net decrease of about 250 stores worldwide in 2021 and an acceleration in digital investments, as the Covid-19 pandemic helped to speed up a shift towards online transactions.

“While it is true there may have been a change in consumer habits which could justify a change in the workforce, this in no way justifies such a large number of redundancies, especially considering that H&M has benefitted from the government’s furlough scheme during the pandemic,” CCOO said.