Morrisons' drinks buyers threatened with redundancy

16 April, 2015

Morrisons’ drinks buying teams have been told their positions could be at risk after the retailer announced it is to cut 720 head office jobs.

The retailer said the cuts would help fund more store level jobs as it focused on delivering “better customer service” and trying to “improve service, increase availability, and open more checkouts”.

At its head office, the company is beginning a consultation about a simplified management structure. The number of people employed there has increased by 50% since 2008.

David Potts, Morrisons’ chief executive, said: “We are focusing on the things that matter to our customers. That means having more of our staff in our stores, improving product availability and helping customers at our checkouts. We believe our customers and our staff will appreciate the improvements.

“To support this, we need a simpler, faster and cost-conscious head office and that requires some tough but necessary decisions.”

It added staff members being made redundant would be offered a role in a Morrisons store and some will be redeployed in other parts of the business.

A spokesman told OLN the retailer was unable to comment on specific teams, but a leading supplier said the drinks teams had been informed they were in jeopardy.

They added: “The team has been told they could be at risk and everyone is uncertain about what will happen.”




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