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Sainsbury’s to scrap 4,000 jobs in stores shake-up

RBR Staff Writer Published 06 March 2017

British supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is planning to cut more than 4,000 jobs as part of a restructuring of its store operations.

As per trade union, Unite, Sainsbury's will be removing night shifts in 140 stores, leaving thousands of employees the option to either take either early morning or late evening shifts.

Sainsbury's will also make around 600 jobs redundant in its store operations.

The impacted employees are said to be working as price controllers, whose role is to ensure that the correct prices are displayed on the store shelves, as reported by Reuters.

Role of the price controllers is to be undertaken by other employees following their departure.

A Sainsbury's spokesman said: "We regularly review our business to ensure we're operating as efficiently and effectively as possible and our resources are in the right place, so that we can provide our customers with the best possible service.”

According to the spokesman, apart from the changes in night shift patterns in several stores, there will also be some changes planned for administrative roles following consultation.

The impacted workers have entered a 45-day consultation period with the supermarket company and are expected to be proposed roles in other divisions or could be laid off.

Unite, which represents over 12,000 members working for Sainsbury’s, said that it would look for assurances from the supermarket company over no compulsory redundancies.

Unite national officer for food and drink Julia Long said: “This is very bad news for those dedicated workers affected by the planned job losses and Unite will be giving our members maximum support at this difficult time.

“We appreciate that Sainsbury’s has a good record of redeployment of staff in these situations and we will be exploring every avenue to ensure continuing employment for our members.

Long concluded that the union will meet the management and ask if it has done an equalities’ audit of those affected by its announcement.

It was only in January that, Sainsbury’s had reported record sales in the Christmas period, raking over £1bn across its group businesses.

Image: Sainsbury's Colney. Photo: courtesy of J Sainsbury plc.