Unite, the country’s largest union, has expressed its ‘severe disappointment’ today (Tuesday 5 April) that Sainsbury’s is axing up to 850 staff - just days after it agreed to splash out £1.4bn to buy Argos owner, the Home Retail Group.
Unite, which has more than 14,000 members at the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s, said that it would be campaigning hard to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies which will be amongst store trainers and those working nightshift operations.
Unite national officer for food and drink Julia Long said: “This is very bad news for those dedicated workers affected by the planned job losses and Unite will be giving our members maximum support at this difficult time.
“We are severely disappointed as Sainsbury’s seems to have deep pockets when it wants as it has just forked out £1.4bn to purchase the Home Retail Group.
“We appreciate that Sainsbury’s has a good record of redeployment of staff in these situations and we will be exploring every avenue to ensure continuing employment for our members.
“We are now entering the 45-day consultation period and will be having meetings with management, including asking the company if it has done an equalities’ audit of those affected by today’s announcement.”
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.