Tesco to close distribution centres and move jobs

Tesco has announced it is giving its distribution system in the UK an overhaul by closing three centres and transferring 2,000 jobs.
According to the supermarket chain, the roles are going to move to two new sites in Essex and Berkshire, while cuts will be taking place at centres in Harlow, Barlborough, Surrey and Magor.
A spokeswoman for the company said it is has been reviewing its distribution network and the plans to close some centres and open new ones will give customers a better service, at the same time as improving working conditions for employees.
“Colleagues who are affected will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the two new distribution sites we have confirmed we will be opening, in Reading and Dagenham,” she added.
However, Usdaw union national officer Joanne McGuinness stated the news is “absolutely devastating” for members and their families and the body will be consulting with Tesco to reduce job losses.
This comes after the food and drink giant was recently rated the worst out of Britain’s nine major supermarkets in a Which? customer survey, receiving a low score for its pricing, store environment and quality of fresh goods.