Katy Clark MP has expressed concerns for the jobs of managers and supervisors in local branches of the Morrison’s supermarket chain.
company has embarked on a statutory consultation period with workers,
and has indicated it intends to change its management structure to
introduce what it describes as “simpler, smarter ways of working”.
Morrison’s confirms the move is expected to result in the loss of around
2,600 managers and supervisors in stores across the country.
With supermarkets in Stevenston and Largs, some of the job-losses could affect local Morrison’s workers.
Clark told the3towns, “I have written to Morrison’s, asking them to
provide a detailed breakdown of what job-losses are being planned on a
store-by-store basis. Although focusing on management and not the wider
workforce, the loss of any skilled jobs within the constituency will be
detrimental. Both the Largs and Stevenston branches may be affected
and I am looking for urgent confirmation about what this impact would
The Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran revealed
shop-workers trade union Usdaw has met with Morrison’s senior management
to agree principles for the consultation. Ms Clark said, “I would
advise any Morrison’s staff concerned about the process to contact their
union representative and engage fully in any consultation, and I would
urge Morrison’s to look at redeployment and re-training as an
alternative to making staff redundant.”
supermarket chain posted an annual loss of £176m in the year to February
and recently announced a 7.1% drop in quarterly sales. Despite the
poor corporate performance, company Chief Executive Dalton Philips
received a basic salary of £850,000.