Usdaw to meet Tesco on distribution re-organisation

Date: 26 February 2013

Usdaw will meet with Tesco after the company announced proposals to further reorganise its distribution network with the potential loss of 1,600 staff at five of its distribution centres.

National officer Joanne McGuinness said: "This is devastating news for our members and we will be examining very closely the business case for these proposed changes."

"We will be using the 90-day consultation period to consult with the company on behalf of our members who are now facing an uncertain future. While the company's review of its distribution network has been going on for some time now, the proposed closures of the Chesterfield, Harlow and Weybridge sites has still come as a great shock to our members. Further proposed job cuts at the Magor and Welham Green sites will also cast a huge shadow over the workforces there."

 "While we understand the retail sector never stands still the human cost in these upheavals has impacted massively on the UK's warehouse and distribution workforce."

"Usdaw will be doing all it can to support our members during the difficult months ahead."

Notes for editors:

1. Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 424,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food, manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

2. Below are the proposed changes to the Tesco distribution network

      1. Closure of Harlow affecting 562 staff

      2. Closure of Chesterfield affecting 343 staff

      3. Closure of Weybridge affecting 562 staff

      4. Reduction in staff numbers at Magor by 146

      5. Reduction in staff numbers at Welham Green by 70

3. For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news