Tesco quiet on 'worrying' reports of more than 50 job losses in Staple Hill
TESCO has refused to comment on claims that more than 50 staff could lose their jobs at its Staple Hill branch.
The supermarket giant announced in August that it had "begun conversations" with staff about changes to the way it runs its Metro stores, such as the one on Broad Street.
Posts on social media claimed between 47 and 52 jobs at Staple Hill Metro were at risk, with the store set to be cut to 20 staff.
But the company has declined to confirm or deny any of the quoted figures for job losses or to say how many people in total work at Staple Hill Tesco Metro.
A spokesman said: "We are still undergoing a consultation with colleagues across the UK affected by the changes to our Metro stores, so we’re not yet in a position to share details of changes in individual stores until this process has been completed."
Tesco announced changes to the way it was operating Metro stores as part of a £1.5 billion cost-cutting plan which is likely to see a total of 9,000 people in its 340,000-strong workforce lose their jobs.About half of those jobs will be lost from its 153 Metro stores – an average of around 30 jobs per branch.
Tesco said it planned to "simplify and reduce processes and administrative tasks", saying that while Metros were "originally designed for weekly shops," now seven out of 10 used them as convenience stores. The changes it plans involve keeping less stock in store rooms, with more going straight on to shelves, making staff work "more flexibly...to improve customer service at the busiest times of the day and in the right areas of the store", and creating a "leaner management structure".
Councillor Ian Boulton, chair of the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership, said: "Many of the staff in our local Tesco store also live in our community so the sudden loss of many local jobs is a massive blow to our neighbourhood. Many of us have developed friendships with the staff, some of whom have worked here before the store even became a Tesco, so I know that many local residents will be sending our very best wishes to everyone who will be affected by this worrying news."
Tesco chief executive Jason Tarry said: “We do not take any decision which impacts colleagues lightly, but have to make sure we remain relevant for customers and operate a sustainable business now and in the future.”
The Voice understands that those workers being made redundant were leaving the store at the end of September.