Sainsbury's Cuts 400 Jobs and Axes Night Shifts after Business Review

Posted by Nicole Williams on 08 March 2017

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Sainsbury’s is cutting up to 400 jobs across its stores as it strips the role of Price Controller from its operations.

The supermarket chain is scrapping the position, which requires staff to ensure that price labels on shelves are accurate and updated. They say that the role will now be carried out by other store staff as part of an expanded remit.

Affected staff have entered a 45-day consultation period in which they will either be offered roles elsewhere across the business or redundancy.

Sainsbury’s also announced that they are axing night shifts across 140 of their stores, which will impact 4000 employees who will now have to move their hours to early mornings or late evening shifts.

A spokesman for the supermarket giant said: “We regularly review our business to ensure we’re operating as efficiently and effectively as possible and our resources are in the right place, so that we can provide our customers with the best possible service.”

“Following a recent review, we are making some changes to administrative roles and night-shift patterns, subject to consultation.”

“We appreciate this will be a difficult time for those colleagues affected by the changes and will support them in any way we can.”

Sainsbury’s now joins the likes of John Lewis, Boots and Tesco who are all cutting staff significantly this year.