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Trouble in store: Morrisons axes 2,600 jobs

Morrisons is understood to have been running trials of the new management system for 12 months

Morrisons is understood to have been running trials of the new management system for 12 months

  • by GARETH MACKIE
 

STRUGGLING supermarket chain Morrisons has revealed plans to axe about 2,600 jobs in a shake-up of its management structure.

The grocer, which saw its first-quarter sales slide by 7.1 per cent, said the cuts were aimed at “reducing in-store management tiers, simplifying responsibilities and improving customer service”.

Morrisons is understood to have been running trials of the new management system for 12 months and a spokeswoman said workers “appreciated the clearer lines of responsibility”.

Chief executive Dalton Philips said: “We know that moving to the new management structure will mean uncertainty for our colleagues and we will be supporting them through the process.”

Joanne McGuinness at the Usdaw union said: “Our priority will be to safeguard as many jobs as possible, maximise employment within the business and get the best possible outcome for our members affected by this restructuring.”

 

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