Morrisons in talks with union over job losses at Wakefield 41 site - 100 jobs at risk

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A union is in talks with bosses at supermarket giant Morrisons over plans to cut up to 100 jobs the firm’s distribution centre.

The Unite union is holding meetings with the company over possible redundancies at the site at Wakefield 41 Industrial Estate .

Last week, Morrisons said up to 100 jobs could be lost in a restructuring of the distribution centre, which opened in 1988, to cut costs.

It was also claimed that employees faced cuts to their hours and changes to shift patterns.

Unite said it represents around 1,000 workers at the site, which employs 1,700 people.

A spokesman for the union said: “We are in talks with the management at Morrisons following their announcement that up to 100 jobs could be lost.

“We will make a fuller statement once those talks have been concluded.”

The announcement last Thursday was made after Morrisons reported a 7.1 per cent slump in sales during the previous three months.

But the Bradford-based company said the changes to improve efficiency at the Wakefield site were not linked to its sales figures.

Morrisons said it was working to reduce the risk of compulsory redundancy and could deploy some affected staff into other jobs at the centre.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “We are in talks with Unite as they are our recognised trade union at the site.

“We are working with colleagues and the unions to reduce the risk of any compulsory redundancies.”