Belfast Telegraph

Fears for Northern Ireland jobs as 800 face the axe at Sainsbury's

By John Mulgrew

There are concerns Northern Ireland jobs could be lost after Sainsbury's announced it was cutting 800 posts across the UK.

The supermarket giant is the latest retailer to restructure its operations in the face of tough trading conditions.

Last night, it was unable to confirm if the cuts would affect Northern Ireland workers.

The chain said it would review its department and deputy manager positions, with more resources invested into other shopfloor roles.

It will also replace night shifts with early-morning and evening shifts in some stores in an effort to improve availability for its customers.

Although redeployment opportunities will be made available to some staff, Sainsbury's said it expectsed the proposals would result in around 800 fewer roles at the company.

The plans will help Sainsbury's achieve some of the £500m in cost savings it hopes to make over the next three years.

Belfast Telegraph