UK retailer Tesco restructuring threatens 9,000 jobs
Business Live - Jan 29th, 11:29
Up to 9,000 jobs are at risk as part of a restructuring programme announced by British supermarket giant Tesco.
“Overall, we estimate that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, our expectation is that up to half of these colleagues could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles,” the supermarket said in a statement.
The retailer, which employs about 300,000 workers in Britain, told staff of the changes being made as part of the longer term “turnaround” launched four years ago.
“In our four years of turnaround we’ve made good progress, but the market is challenging and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive,” said Britain and Ireland CEO Jason Tarry.
“This will impact some of our colleagues and our commitment is to minimise this as much as possible and support our colleagues throughout.”
The latest job plans concern the supermarket’s fish, meat and deli counters in its British stores.
“We expect that about 90 stores will close their counters, with the remaining 700 trading with either a full or flexible counter offer for our customers,” it said.
More than 10,000 jobs have been cut at Tesco since CEO Dave Lewis took charge in 2014 with the brief to save £1.5bn.
It rebounded into annual net profit in 2018 on strong sales and restructuring following a net loss of £40m in 2016/2017, when it was hurt by costs arising from an accounting fiasco.
Tesco — the world's third-biggest supermarket chain after France’s Carrefour and global leader Wal-Mart of the US — also has global operations dotted elsewhere including China, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Slovakia and Thailand.
It has been dogged in recent years by an accounting scandal and fierce domestic competition from German discount chains Aldi and Lidl.Business Live
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