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MORRISONS announced plans to lay off 1,500 managers yesterday in the latest blow to British supermarket staff.
The retail giant said its warehouse managers and other middle-ranking roles would face the axe but more junior workers would be taken on.
The announcement follows notifications of job losses at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Marks and Spencer, which announced a further 468 job losses just this week.
And B&Q is set to swing the axe on 200 head office jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive.
Retail union Usdaw said its management section Sata had “secured from Morrisons a commitment to offer redeployment opportunities for all affected managers.”
Sata national officer Joanne McGuinness said: “This is a further big upheaval for the Morrisons store management team after the restructure in 2014/15.
“We will be entering into consultations with the company on behalf of our members affected by these changes, which the company proposes to implement in April.
“We are providing Sata members with the support, advice and representation they require through this process. Our priorities are to avoid redundancies and help our members stay employed within the business.”
Morrisons said it would redeploy “as many affected colleagues as possible.”
The company’s retail director Gary Mills said: “Our aim is to serve customers better with more front-line colleagues in stores improving product availability and helping customers at the checkouts.
“Very regrettably, there will be a period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals and we'll be supporting them through this important process.”
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