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Concerns over Tesco staff cuts

By Kyle Ritchie

Concerns have been raised about job losses at Banff's Tesco supermarket.

The retail giant has cut dozens of staff from the store as part of a national downsizing of its workers.

In the summer it announced that 4500 of its staff across the country were to be let go.

Banff and Macduff Community Council has voiced concerns over staff cuts at Banff Tesco.
Banff and Macduff Community Council has voiced concerns over staff cuts at Banff Tesco.

At the recent meeting of Banff and Macduff Community Council members said they were concerned at how the supermarket has been cutting its workers locally.

Vice-chairman Rob McArthur said: "We are deeply concerned about the way Tesco is handling the staff reduction in its Banff store.

"It may be too little too late but I would strongly encourage shoppers of Tesco to go online and give the supermarket feedback. You can also go into the shop and ask for a feedback form.

"Due to the clandestine nature of this service and staff reduction I don't believe the local communities of Banff and Macduff have realised the impact this will have for local people going forward both in service and employment."

Members also discussed how this has caused a detrimental effect on services at the store and how the range of goods on sale is being cut back sharply at the expense of local shoppers.

Tesco UK and Ireland chief executive Jason Tarry said: "In a challenging, evolving retail environment, with increasing cost pressures, we have to continue to review the way we run our stores to ensure we reflect the way our customers are shopping and do so in the most efficient way.

"We do not take any decision which impacts colleagues lightly, but have to make sure we remain relevant for customers and operate a sustainable business now and in the future."

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