Jobs bloodbath continues with New Look axing more than 500 roles under plans to ditch night shift – as Wilko, Tesco and Asda eye-up cuts
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More than 500 staff are being cut at fashion chain New Look as the jobs bloodbath gripping Britain’s high street rages on.
The retailer plans to axe the night shift at the group’s warehouse in Lymedale Business Park site, Newcastle-under-Lyme
It marks the latest in a raft of job losses across the retail sector, with it emerging today that discount chain Wilko is axing jobs, with more than 400 roles reportedly facing the axe, including assistant store managers, retail supervisors, head office managers and call centre workers.
Supermarkets Tesco and Asda have also been among those cutting jobs as a sector-wide cull picks up pace in the face of soaring costs.
More than 500 staff at a New Look warehouse are at risk of redundancy, following the fashion retailer’s new plans
The fashion giant is currently in consultation with staff, with redundancies not set to take effect until mid-May
A New Look spokesman said: ‘With this shift, it has become increasingly clear that the processes at the distribution centre no longer suit our operational needs.
‘Therefore, we are proposing a necessary change to working hours in the distribution centre, including the removal of the night shift. Regrettably, we expect this will result in a number of redundancies at the site.
‘We are focusing on supporting our affected colleagues at this time and we expect to be able to offer a considerable number of these individuals new roles on the day shift.’
The group is currently in consultation with staff, with redundancies not set to take effect until mid-May.
New Look also recently revealed it is shutting around seven stores, although it said this was part of normal business, with two also being opened before Christmas.
And the popular fashion store’s move is the latest in a raft of job losses across the retail sector.
On Wednesday, it emerged that discount chain Wilko is axing jobs – with more than 400 roles reportedly facing the axe.
Tesco has said it will shut counters and hot delis in an overhaul which will impact around 2,100 jobs
Discount chain Wilko is axing jobs – with more than 400 roles reportedly facing the axe, it was announced on Wednesday
Asda has also been among those cutting jobs as a sector-wide cull picks up pace in the face of soaring costs
The retailer is now ‘in a fight for survival’ following a drop in sales.
With around 16,000 staff across the UK employed by Wilko, union representatives are said to be in talks with its bosses in an effort to reduce the number of job losses.
This includes assistant store managers, retail supervisors, head office managers and call centre workers.
Meanwhile, Supermarkets Tesco and Asda have also been among those cutting jobs as a sector-wide cull picks up pace in the face of soaring costs.
Britain’s struggling high streets have been dealt another fresh blow as it was tonight announced fashion giant M&Co will shut 170 shops – putting 1,910 jobs at risk
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The UK’s largest supermarket, Tesco, has said it will shut its remaining food counters and hot delis in a shake-up that will impact around 2,100 jobs.
It has also announced that it will be making a number of changes to store management roles and closing a number of in-shop pharmacies as part of the wide-ranging overhaul.
Meanwhile, Asda has unveiled its new plans that will put nearly 300 jobs at risk and leave thousands more at risk of having their pay reduced.
In January, the supermarket chain proposed that some overnight stocking shifts at 184 stores are moved to the day period.
This would leave 211 night shift managerial roles at risk.
It was also announced at the start of this month that fashion giant M&Co will shut 170 shops – putting 1,910 jobs at risk.
Several senior staff members at M&Co, including the chief financial officer, left the business last month in a wave of redundancies at the retailer.
It is understood that, should a buyer not be found for the physical stores, staff employed at those sites will also face redundancy.
However, industry experts have said that M&Co has not attracted high street players such as Frasers, Next and Marks & Spencer who have recently swooped on bust retailers.
And M&Co isn’t the only store vanishing from Britain’s high streets, as it was announced that Paperchase collapsed into administration.
Supermarket giant Tesco has bought the Paperchase brand and intellectual property, but the deal for the business will not include any of the retailer’s 106 stores.
Therefore it is expected that the stationary store falling into administration will impact hundreds of jobs.
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