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Tesco ‘finalising’ plans for up to 15,000 job cuts across UK


Big stores could be vulnerable under new plan (pic: Terry Murden)


Tesco is said to be putting the final touches to plans for a big cost-cutting exercise that could involve up to 15,000 jobs being axed.

The supermarket chain may close some fresh food counters and bakeries and replace some staff canteens with vending machines.

More than 10,000 jobs have been cut at Tesco since current chief executive, Dave Lewis, took charge in 2014 and he is now seeking to save £1.5 billion as competition between supermarkets intensifies.

According to the Mail on Sunday, the grocer triggered a review of jobs after a particularly tough Christmas trading period. The paper said the planned cuts would affect the majority of Tesco’s 732 larger stores and put some of its meat, fish and delicatessen counters at risk.

It also said Tesco was also considering an overhaul of in-store bakeries – using frozen instead of fresh dough – and replacing staff canteens in some stores with vending machines. Details of the cuts are likely to be announced this week, it said.

Tesco declined to comment on the claims beyond saying it was “always looking at ways to run our business more simply and efficiently”.

Pauline Foulkes, national officer for shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw tonight said: “Reports and speculation in the media about significant job cuts are distressing for Tesco staff and it is appalling that they should hear about the future of their jobs in this way.

“Usdaw is seeking an urgent meeting with the company to clarify the situation, to examine the details of what changes they are proposing and what this means for staff.

“Our priority will be to press Tesco to confirm the details of their proposed changes to stop any further speculation. In the meantime Usdaw’s officials and reps are on hand to support our members and further updates will be provided once we have further information”.

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