Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Monday 28 January) called for urgent talks with Tesco bosses, following reports that the retail giant is planning to axe up to 15,000 jobs.

Unite is recognised at four distribution centres with about 1,000 members who deliver to stores across the UK. The centres are at Belfast, Didcot (Oxfordshire), Doncaster and Thurrock in Essex.

Unite national officer for retail distribution Adrian Jones said: “Our top priority this week is to arrange a meeting with Tesco’s management to get a clear picture of what the supermarket is planning, following media reports at the weekend that up to 15,000 jobs could be at risk.

“This is a very worrying time for our members who deliver to Tesco stores across the UK. While the reports centre on job losses in-store, such as at the bakeries and deli counters, we still need to know what this could mean for our members.

“What is required very quickly from Tesco is clarity on its intentions going forward.

“We will be giving our members, who are employed directly by Tesco, maximum support in the days and weeks ahead.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.