Sainsbury’s is restructuring its store operations teams and the move may result in 850 job losses, according to trade union Unite.
Unite, which represents more than 14,000 Sainsbury’s staff, said it was “disappointed” by the shake-up and is campaigning to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies, which will affect store trainers and those working nightshift operations.
Sainsbury’s told Drapers it was creating 280 new, more senior, learning and development manager positions.
A spokeswoman said: “We’ve introduced new learning and development programmes to ensure our colleagues can continue to deliver the very best service to our customers. Following this we’re now creating a new management role that will provide enhanced training support across a number of stores. This position will replace the existing store trainer role. We’re conducting a consultation process with all affected colleagues, who will have the opportunity to apply for the new, senior roles.”
The supermarket added that it would look to “redeploy affected colleagues where possible”.
Unite national officer for food and drink Julia Long said: “This is very bad news for those dedicated workers affected by the planned job losses and Unite will be giving our members maximum support at this difficult time.
“We appreciate that Sainsbury’s has a good record of redeployment of staff in these situations and we will be exploring every avenue to ensure continuing employment for our members.”
A 45-day consultation was launched on April 5.