Union leaders say news that Tesco is to close its distribution centre in Harlow is devastating for staff and their families. Around 800 people are currently employed at the site. The Shopworkers union, UZ-DAW says it will be holding talks with managers to try and reduce job losses.
Tesco has announced it will close its distribution centre in Harlow with the loss of 800 jobs. The supermarket says its hopes to re-deploy the staff elsewhere.
Harlow Council's Tony Durcan said they were not expected the news as Tesco had been giving "reassurance" that the depot was safe in the company's re-organisation.
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Tesco is opening two new distribution centres in Reading and Dagenham to create 1,900 jobs in total. The supermarket chain is closing distribution centres in Harlow, Weybridge, and Chesterfield.
Weybridge currently employs approximately 650
Harlow currently employs approximately 800
Chesterfield currently employs approximately 400
800 jobs are at risk in Harlow after Tesco announced it was closing its distribution centre there.
The company says it'll try to find other jobs for the workforce but it's being seen as a huge blow for the Essex town.
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Tesco has announced the closure of its Harlow food distribution centre where 800 people work.
The shop workers union has described the news as "devastating".
– Joanne McGuinness, Usdaw National Officer
"This is absolutely devastating news for our members and their families. Usdaw will be entering into a 90 day consultation with Tesco to explore all possible options to reduce any job losses."
Tesco has confirmed that 800 jobs will go in Harlow, Essex with the closure of a fresh food distribution centre.
The supermarket giant says it is also creating 750 jobs at a new centre in Dagenham.
The MP for Harlow Rob Halfon has described the news as a "huge blow" for Harlow but said Tesco had told him that workers would be offered jobs elsewhere.
Up to 800 jobs at a Tesco fresh food depot in Harlow are under threat as the supermarket announces the closure of the distribution centre in the town.
Tesco has issued the following statement:
“We’ve been reviewing our distribution network, and have today confirmed plans to close some of our current distribution centres and open new ones that will give our customers a better service and improve working conditions for our colleagues. Colleagues who are affected will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the two new distribution sites we have confirmed today that we will be opening, in Reading and Dagenham. Two thousand jobs will be created at those sites.”
Up to 800 jobs could be lost in Harlow, Essex with the closure of a Tesco distribution centre.
The supermarket giant is planning to relocate the operation to Reading and Dagenham.