Union fears job losses at borough distribution centre

UNION chiefs are calling for talks with Tesco following reports of large-scale job losses which could have a significant impact at the company’s distribution centre in Thurrock.

Unite today (Monday, 28 January) was responding after news that the retail giant is planning to axe up to 15,000 jobs.

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.”