Almost 300 jobs at risk at Asda and over 4,100 overnight staff face pay cut

Asda has unveiled a major shake-up of store operations. Credit: PA

Asda has unveiled a major shake-up of store operations, which will put close to 300 roles at risk and reduce pay for more than 4,000 night workers.

The supermarket chain has proposed that some overnight restocking shifts at 184 stores are moved to the daytime, putting 211 night shift manager roles at risk.

It said the changes will also affect 4,137 hourly paid workers, who will see shift patterns move to the daytime and lose their night shift pay premium of at least £2.52 per hour.

Asda also revealed a 25% cut to the opening hours of 23 in-store Post Office shops.

The changes at in-store branches – which employ 23 managers and 200 other workers – come after “a decline in the number of customers using this service”, the retailer said.

Meanwhile, it will also shut seven in-store pharmacies, which employ 14 pharmacists and 48 other workers.

The closure of these pharmacies comes weeks after LloydsPharmacy said it will pull out of its 237 pharmacy sites within Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Ken Towle, Asda’s retail director, said: “The retail sector is evolving at pace and it is vital we review changing customer preferences, along with our own ways of working, to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible so that we can continue to invest and grow our business.

“We are now entering a period of consultation with our colleagues on these proposals.

“We recognise this will be a difficult time for them and will do all we can to support them through this process.”

The shake-up comes two years after the company was snapped up by the billionaire Issa brothers and private equity backers TDR Capital for around £6.8 billion.

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