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Morrisons plans to axe management jobs to create more shop floor roles

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Morrisons is axing 3,000 management jobs as part of a restructuring process.

Proposed changes will also see the creation of 4,000 shop floor roles across the country based around the company's bakery, meat and fish counters.

Although union leaders have criticised the changes, bosses of the chain, which has stores in Lynn, Downham and Fakenham, say there are jobs available for all affected staff.

Morrison's logo (27459856)
Morrison's logo (27459856)

Group retail director David Lepley said: “This proposal means more frontline colleagues improving product availability and helping customers.

"Whilst there will be a short period of uncertainty for some managers affected by these proposals, we will be supporting them through this process and there are jobs available for everybody who wants to continue to work at Morrisons.

"There will also be more roles with greater flexibility that are very attractive to colleagues with families.”

Joanne McGuinness, national officer for the shopworkers' union Usdaw, said: “This is a big upheaval for the Morrisons store management team and is devastating news for our members. We will be entering into consultations with the company on behalf of our members affected by these changes.

“Despite a large number of hourly paid roles being created, they will clearly not be a like-for-like position for the managers impacted.

"We are providing Sata members with the support, advice and representation they require during this difficult time.”

Sata is the union’s Supervisory, Administrative and Technical Association which represents Morrisons managers.

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