Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed Monday afternoon that up to 9,000 jobs are potentially at risk across stores and their head office.
Tesco said that almost half of their employees could be re-directed to new roles across the business, and 90 stores will lose the delicatessen counters.
Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK and Ireland said, “In our four years of turnaround we’ve made good progress, but the market is challenging, and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive and respond to how customers want to shop.
“We’re making changes to our UK stores and head office to simplify what we do and how we do it, so we’re better able to meet the needs of our customers.
“This will impact some of our colleagues and our commitment is to minimise this as much as possible and support our colleagues throughout.”
Reduced working hours will be implemented to stock control and merchandising, head office staff will face cuts as Tesco moves to a “simpler and leaner structure.”
Pauline Foulkes, national officer of the trade union Usdaw said, “This is devastating news for staff, who have played a crucial role in Tesco’s turnaround project, contributing to 12 successive quarters of growth, solid Christmas trading and over a billion pounds of profit.
“We will enter into consultation talks with Tesco, where we will examine the business case for their proposed changes.”