Friday, 18 July 2014

Potential management job-losses at Morrison's

Katy Clark MP has expressed concerns for the jobs of managers and supervisors in local branches of the Morrison’s supermarket chain.

The 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.

Katy 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 be.”

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.”

The Bradford-based 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.

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