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Friday 18 October 2019

Tesco insists Irish staff unaffected as supermarket slashes jobs across UK business

Tesco had its best Christmas in a decade in the UK
Tesco had its best Christmas in a decade in the UK
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Tesco has insisted its 10,000 Irish staff won’t be affected by the supermarket’s announcement that it is slashing jobs.

The UK retailer said it’s overhauling its UK business and that 9,000 staff could be affected, though it said it hoped to offer redeployment to as many as half of these.

An Irish spokesperson said today’s announcement only relates to the UK stores, though did not rule out that Irish jobs could be hit in future as the company seeks to run its business more simply. The spokesperson said details of cuts are always announced to staff here.

In an announcement entitled “Building a more simpler, more sustainable business”, Tesco said it was going to close deli counters in 90 outlets, and remove a hot food service available to employees in around a third of stores.

“The market is challenging and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive and respond to how customers want to shop. We’re making changes to our UK stores and head office to simplify what we do and how we do it, so we’re better able to meet the needs of our customers,”  Tesco UK and Ireland chief executive Jason Tarry said.

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