The majority of job cuts will affect workers in Metro stores, and a handful at Express branches and larger supermarkets. It also plans to reduce opening hours in Express stores, with doors opening later in the morning and closing earlier in the evenings.
The changes come as the company said they were working to "simplify and reduce processes". Metro stores are bigger than an Express branches, but smaller than a standard supermarket, and were originally designed to accommodate customers and their weekly shops. IF you're being made redundant, you may be eligible for the below, according to GOV. To meet the demand, the supermarket chain said it wants staff to "work more flexibly" across the store but keeping less stock in the back. The cuts will affect management jobs too, as well as shop floor staff, as the company looks to create a "leaner management structure".
Talks with staff have already begun and the brand has promised to find alternative roles for affected staff within the company where possible. It's the second round of staff cuts this year, with 9, job losses on its fish, meat and deli counters announced back in January.
It followed another round of job losses announced at the beginning of Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers Usdaw , which represents over , Tesco staff, said it is calling for government action to tackle the crisis in retail. Pauline Foulkes, Usdaw National Officer, said that members are "shocked and dismayed" over the fresh round of cuts.
Tesco has over 3, stores across the UK, including Metro branches and 1, Express ones, and employs , workers.
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