Morrisons staff being consulted on job losses

MP Mary Creagh .
MP Mary Creagh .
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Staff at Wakefield’s Morrisons stores are being consulted on job losses after the struggling supermarket giant announced plans to axe 2,600 management roles.

Chief executive Dalton Philips wants to remove layers of management that currently mean some stores have seven tiers between the shop floor and the store manager.

The move is part of a drive to modernise the way its stores are managed and will bring together department managers and supervisor positions into a single and smaller tier of team managers.

Morrisons said it had opened discussions with staff and their representatives about the new structure.

The company said an additional 3,000 jobs will be created in new supermarkets and 1,000 in its M local convenience stores and that it will look to relocate staff to these businesses where possible.

The chain, which employs more than 126,000 staff, has 511 supermarkets – including one in the Ridings and another on Dewsbury Road – and 117 convenience stores.

Wakefield MP Mary Greagh said: “The announcement from Morrisons is a worrying development for staff in Wakefield. I have already contacted the supermarket’s management and trade unions representatives.

“I will be fighting to keep jobs in the city and make sure anybody affected is given every opportunity to transfer to another job within Morrisons.”