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Supermarket giants to cut 2,600 management posts

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Bradford-based supermarket giants Morrisons has today begun discussions with staff and unions about a simpler management structure , which will result in the loss of 2,600 jobs.

The changes would modernise the way stores are managed with the aim of reducing in-store management tiers, simplifying responsibilities and improving customer service.

Some Morrisons stores currently have seven tiers between the shop floor and the store manager.

The company has already trialled the new management structures and fsya that it led to stronger performance.

Dalton Philips, Morrisons Chief Executive, said: “This is the right time to modernise the way our stores are managed. These changes will improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working.

“We know that moving to the new management structure will mean uncertainty for our colleagues and we will be supporting them through the process.”

Implementing the new store structure would bring together department managers and supervisor positions into a single and smaller tier of team managers. From this group Morrisons is proposing to promote 1,000 into new duty manager roles to strengthen the senior management team in each store.

Morrisons expects the proposed changes to the management structure will involve around 2,600 redundancies.

This year, 1,000 jobs will be created in Morrisons M local convenience stores and an additional 3,000 in new supermarkets. Morrisons will look to offer displaced colleagues the opportunity to work in these growing businesses.

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