1. ITV Report

100 jobs at at risk as Lincolnshire Co-op announces plans to close two sites

111 people are employed at the two distribution sites in Lincoln

Lincolnshire Co-op has announced plans to close its two food distribution centre sites in Lincoln, putting more than 100 jobs at risk.

The two distribution centres in Pioneer Way and Whisby Road employ 111 staff, who face redundancy if the proposals go ahead.

The company has a set up support centre to "help colleagues during the consultation process".

This includes running sessions from JobCentre Plus and the National Careers Services, hosting presentations from other employers in the area, and offering .

Lincolnshire Co-op said it "hopes to be able to redeploy some of the colleagues at risk".

The difficult decision to close our food distribution centres is not one we have embarked on lightly.

However, we’re confident that this is the right decision for the Society because it will lead to significant savings,which we can invest elsewhere.

It does not in any way reflect on our hard-working colleagues, who we thank for their efforts over the years.

We are setting up a support centre on site to enable each of our colleagues to get advice on their options, explore other employment opportunities and benefit from training. We also aim to redeploy as many of the staff as we are able to.

– Mark Finn, Chief Retail Officer, Lincolnshire Co-Op

The Usdaw union, which represents workers from the Lincolnshire Co-op, said staff were "shocked" by the announcement.

Staff at the distribution centres are shocked by the company’s announcement and we are meeting with management to hear the rationale for their proposals and engage in meaningful consultation about the planned closures.

Our priority is to get the best possible deal for our members. We will be looking at options to save jobs and keep staff in employment within the Co-op or with other employers.

– Ed Leach, Usdaw Area organiser