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Tesco restructure puts more than 2,000 jobs at risk – Usdaw to enter into consultation talks

Date: 31 January 2023 Retail trade union Usdaw has been notified by Tesco of their plans to close their remaining in-store counter services, along with restructuring store management roles and some head office functions. The union will now enter into consultation talks with the company on their proposals.
The in-store managerial restructure proposes the removal of 1,750 lead and team managers, alongside the introduction of more than 1,800 shift leader roles. The company is also proposing some localised changes across the business including pharmacy closures, post office restructures and removal of night shifts, which could also lead to redundancies. The removal of counters follows on from the closure of the majority of their counter services in recent years.
Within Head Office Tesco is proposing to make changes to several functions as well as removing duplicated roles, which could lead to around 120 jobs being placed at risk. This includes the proposed closure of the company’s Maintenance Call Centre in Milton Keynes, which impacts around 70 employees.
Daniel Adams – Usdaw National Officer says: “Tesco has informed us that they are looking to undertake restructures across the business. Clearly there is no good time to receive news like this, but it is especially difficult in the midst of a cost of living crisis and will be devastating for those who may be affected. Usdaw will be entering into collective consultation with Tesco immediately to interrogate these proposals. We will be doing all we can to support members throughout the process with a view to protecting jobs and, where this is not possible, securing the best possible deal for those affected.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with around 360,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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