Usdaw is “deeply concerned” about Tesco’s recovery plan

TescoUsdaw has expressed deep concern about Tesco’s recovery plan which has left staff worried and unclear about their future.

The supermarket chain last week announced plans to close 43 stores and its defined benefit pension scheme.

Usdaw national officers Pauline Foulkes and Joanne McGuinness said: “While the announcement was well received by the Stock Exchange, the same cannot be said for staff. They feel completely let down by both the content and nature of the turnaround proposals and the manner in which they found out.

“It was disappointing to learn that the proposals included the closure of the Cheshunt head office and 43 stores. What is worse is that the company has still not declared which shops they intend to close, leaving staff in all 3,000 plus stores worrying whether it is theirs that will close, creating additional anxiety and uncertainty.

“Announcing the intention to close the defined contribution pension scheme has left staff extremely concerned about their future income in retirement. Introducing a new store management structure leaves thousands of team leaders and line managers upset and distressed about what this will mean for them. This is no way to treat staff, whose hard work and commitment has helped the business over the years and through one of Tesco’s most difficult periods.

“Usdaw is calling on the new chief executive Dave Lewis to ensure that the staff are respected and valued throughout this turnaround programme. The company must listen, engage and meaningfully consult staff and Usdaw representatives, acknowledging that they will play a huge part in turning Tesco around.

“Usdaw’s priorities are to: obtain the list of stores earmarked for closure; maintain good pension provision for all Tesco staff; provide clarity for team leaders and line managers in relation to the new management structure, and do everything possible to keep staff employed in the business and job losses to a minimum.

“Usdaw is pressing for immediate dialogue with the company to address these matters in full and seeking to improve communication and information channels to staff. We are committed to supporting, representing and protecting our members and reps during this difficult period and we will be seeking the best possible outcome for them.”

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