January 28, 2019 / 10:47 AM / 10 months ago

UK union seeks urgent talks with Tesco over job cuts report

FILE PHOTO: A Tesco supermarket is seen at dusk in an 'art deco' style building at Perivale in west London, January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British trade union Unite said on Monday it was seeking urgent talks with the management of Tesco after a Sunday newspaper report that the supermarket group is planning to cut up to 15,000 jobs.

Tesco is Britain’s biggest private sector employer with a staff of over 300,000.

Unite said it was recognised at four distribution centres with about 1,000 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,” said Adrian Jones, Unite national officer for retail distribution.

The Mail on Sunday reported that up to 15,000 jobs could be put at risk by the changes, which are likely to affect the majority of Tesco’s 732 larger stores.

Reporting by James Davey, Editing by Paul Sandle

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