Jobs to go at Barlborough Tesco distribution centre

Almost a hundred jobs are to be lost at Tesco’s distribution centre in Barlborough.

The supermarket giant announced that 92 full-time jobs are to go as the company moves part of its grocery operation moves to Daventry depot, in Northamptonshire.

The company asked for voluntary redundancies from 87 warehouse staff and five managers and entered into formal consultation with the union USDAW.

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The redundancies come despite Tesco moving textile products from Daventry to Barlborough and reducing third party storage.

A Tesco spokesman said: “We regularly review our distribution network to ensure it is as efficient as possible and we can deliver the very best service to our stores and customers.”

“As part of this, we have announced plans to move a significant part of our grocery operation from Chesterfield DC to our new Daventry Grocery Depot, subject to consultation.”

Tesco explained that there were several reasons behind the decision - the opportunity to hold most of its slow moving grocery products in one depot and allowing it to move more products regionally and closer to the customer, improving delivery frequencies and reducing road miles and carbon emissions.

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A warehouse worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “We don’t really know what is going on at the moment.”

“We don’t know who’s going and who’s staying. We are just waiting for them to tell us what’s going to happen.”

Tesco told staff that the redundancies did not mean that the distribution centre in Barlborough was closing.