ARGOS faced criticism yesterday for forcing hundreds of workers to transfer from one distribution centre to another 25 miles away or face redundancy.
The retail giant is planning to transfer the jobs of up to 500 workers from its distribution centre in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, to Kettering in Northamptonshire.
The workers’ union Unite branded the 25-mile move a “slap in the face” for workers and is calling for negotiations about redundancy offers.
Last year, Argos made “repeated reassurances” that there were no plans to change any of the operations at the Magna Park site, Unite said.
But the lease at Magna Park is due to end this year and Argos does not wish to renew it but will instead transfer the bulk of work from Lutterworth to Wincanton Logistics.
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Paresh Patel said: “Many of our members live to the north, south and west of Lutterworth.
“What is seen as a journey of about an hour one-way could be considerably longer along one of the country’s busiest and most dangerous roads.”
The consultation is due to start on Monday January 16.