Unite in talks over proposed job losses at Morrisons’ ...

Unite in talks over proposed job losses at Morrisons’ Wakefield distribution centre

16 May 2014

Unite, the country’s largest union, is in talks with the Morrisons supermarket chain over its announcement that up to 100 jobs could be lost at its Wakefield Junction 41 distribution centre.

The troubled supermarket has said that it intends to make up to 100 job losses amongst its warehouse staff with the closure of one of the warehouses at the site. 

Some workers also face a reduction in their working week from 45 to 40 hours a week and others a move from the night shift to days. The company is also looking to increase the flexibility of their drivers by making changes to their working patterns.

The total workforce is about 1,200, of which more than 1,000 are members of Unite.

Unite regional officer Sarah Mitchell said: “We are in continuing talks with the management about its proposed job losses at its Wakefield distribution centre.

“Unite will be fighting very hard on behalf of our members to mitigate the impact of these job losses which are devastating for those whose employment is under threat and for the Wakefield economy more generally.

“The cutbacks proposed stem from the fact that Morrisons is faring badly in the supermarket price wars against the likes of Aldi and Lidl, and has had to issue a profits warning.

“When the talks have concluded, Unite will be issuing a fuller statement.”


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940.

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•    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.