Almost 2,500 jobs at risk at Asda after it reveals it is looking at ways to slash costs
Almost 2,500 jobs are at risk at Asda after it revealed it was looking at ways to slash costs.
The supermarket group said it had opened a consultation with staff about the changes, which will potentially affect workers at its shops, petrol stations, bakeries and back offices.
Jobs in the George clothing areas of its stores could also be affected, it is understood.
Uncertain future: The supermarket group said it had opened a consultation with staff about the changes
The grocer is waiting for competition authorities approval for a £14 billion merger with Sainsbury’s.
An Asda spokesman said: ‘In a competitive retail market, where customers rightly expect great value and ease of service, we must always look at how we can work more quickly and efficiently for them. Inevitably, that means we need to consider changing the roles we need our colleagues to do or the hours needed.’
It is understood consultations with staff will not start until the New Year and any redundancies will take place in February at the earliest. The proposals include changes to workers’ hours, as well as potentially scrapping roles altogether.
Gary Carter, national officer of the GMB union, said: ‘These proposed redundancies are a hammer blow to Asda workers. The timing of this announcement, in the run-up to Christmas, is doubly appalling.’