Unite, the country’s largest union, said it would be seeking guarantees over no compulsory redundancies at the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s today (Friday 3 March) after the retailer announced plans which put over 4,000 workers at risk of redundancy.
Calling on the supermarket to offer redeployment opportunities for affected staff, Unite expressed anger over the plans, which sees up to 600 price and controller roles being cut, in addition to the removal of night shifts in 140 stores and changes to the commercial set up in stores.
Unite represents more than 12,000 members working for Sainsbury’s and will now enter a 45 day consultation period over the plans which affects stores across the UK.
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 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.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
- 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.