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Morrisons plans to axe 1500 middle management jobs

RBR Staff Writer Published 05 February 2018

Morrison Supermarkets is planning to cut 1,500 middle-management roles in stores and focus on customer service.

Simultaneously, the company is creating 1700 lower paid customer assistant jobs. The job cuts are most likely to include store warehouse managers.

The affected employees will be given an option to apply in 800 other management roles, presently vacant at Morrisons or take up the low paid roles, else face redundancy.

Morrisons retail director Gary Mills said: "Our aim is to serve customers better with more frontline 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.”

In the recent past several retail businesses including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda B&Q have announced job cuts to bring down costs. Over the past three years, around 25,000 various roles in the retail sector were axed, The Daily Star reported.

In comparison to its peers, Morrisons is said to have a strong performance last year. The company was able to keep tab on rising prices. The group’s sales are claimed to have jumped 2.8% in the last 10 weeks where retail sales increased by 2.1% and wholesale by 0.7%.

Usdaw and 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. We have secured from Morrisons a commitment to offer redeployment opportunities for all affected managers.”

The last time Morrisons implemented job cuts was two years ago. The company closed down 7 loss-making stores, which affected 680 employees.


Image: Morrisons supermarket in Milton Keynes. Photo: Courtesy of Mr Biz/Wikipedia.org.