Thousands more jobs axed at Tesco

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Tesco has revealed it will slash a further 1200 jobs as part of its cost reduction strategy, just a week after announcing over 1000 staff redundancies at its call centre.

This morning staff at Tesco’s head office in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield were warned that 25 per cent of employees will lose their jobs.

The company’s chief executive Dave Lewis has been credited for leading a successful turnaround strategy at the UK’s largest grocer. Tesco stated that these cuts are a “significant” step in this strategy.

“Today we have shared with colleagues across Tesco changes that we plan to make to the way we operate our business. This is a significant next step to continue the turnaround of the business,” a spokesperson said.

“This new service model will simplify the way we organise ourselves, reduce duplication and cost but also, very importantly, allow us to invest in serving shoppers better.

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“We have made good progress so far in our turnaround but we have more to do. We will work with colleagues to support them as we go through this important transition.”

National office at the shop workers union Usdaw Pauline Foulkes said: “Tesco’s head office staff are understandably very concerned that the company is proposing further large-scale job losses.

“Usdaw reps and officials are providing support to our members at this difficult time. We will now enter into consultation talks with the company over the coming weeks to look at the business case for their proposed restructuring.

“Our priorities are to keep as many staff as possible in employment and to get the best possible deal for our members. In the meantime we are continuing to provide the help and advice Usdaw members need through this process.”

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