Supermarket giant Tesco have confirmed that they will cut 9,000 jobs as a significant “cost-saving exercise” gets underway.
A spokesperson for the brand has said that they are looking to “simplify their structure.”
In a surprising move, the group have also announced today that they will close the meat, fish and deli counters at approximately 90 stores nationwide.
As the biggest grocery chain in the UK, over 325,000 staff are employed in the UK and Ireland, but the group is hoping to save over £1.5 billion with the new measures.
Unite’s national officer for retail distribution (who looks after 1,000 workers in four Tesco distribution stores) Adrian Jones told the BBC:
“What is required very quickly from Tesco is clarity on its intentions going forward.
“Our top priority this week is to arrange a meeting with Tesco’s management to get a clear picture of what the supermarket is planning…We need to know what this could mean for our members.”
Changes are still being finalised but once final decisions have been made, they’re thought to be implemented imminently.
More as we get it.