Man­age­ment shake-up in store

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Archaeology Raid -

Mor­risons is to cut 1,500 man­ager jobs as it be­comes the lat­est su­per­mar­ket to shake up its staff struc­ture.

The re­tailer, which has 13 stores across Kent, in­clud­ing Can­ter­bury and Herne Bay, will cre­ate another 1,700 ju­nior roles as part of the plans an­nounced to all em­ploy­ees last week.

Its an­nounce­ment comes a week af­ter Sains­bury’s told its staff it would cut ‘thou­sands’ of man­age­ment roles across all its stores.

A day ear­lier, Tesco had an­nounced plans which will lead to it cut­ting 800 po­si­tions.

Mor­risons’ re­tail di­rec­tor Gary Mills said: “Our aim is to serve cus­tomers bet­ter with more front-line col­leagues in stores im­prov­ing prod­uct avail­abil­ity and help­ing cus­tomers at the check­outs.

“Re­gret­tably, there will be a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty for some man­agers af­fected by these pro­pos­als and we will be sup­port­ing them through this process.

“Our com­mit­ment is to rede­ploy as many af­fected col­leagues as pos­si­ble.”

Joanne Mcguin­ness, na­tional of­fi­cer for shop­work­ers’ trade union Us­daw and Sata said: “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.”

Mor­risons in Can­ter­bury

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