Sainsbury to Cut Up to 850 Jobs in Training, Night-Shifts

  • Retailer to offer new positions to some of those losing jobs
  • Sainsbury will create 280 new posts, retailer's spokesman says

J Sainsbury Plc plans to cut as many as 850 jobs in training and night-shift operations, according to Unite, a U.K. union.

Management is entering a 45-day consultation period with the union, Unite said in a statement Tuesday. Sainsbury aims to give new positions to some of those who are losing their jobs, and it’s creating 280 “learning and development” manager positions, David Nieberg, a spokesman for the retailer, said by e-mail.

Sainsbury is in the midst of a 1.4 billion-pound ($2 billion) takeover of Home Retail Group Plc, the owner of the Argos chain.

“We are severely disappointed as Sainsbury’s seems to have deep pockets when it wants,” the union said on its website Tuesday. Sainsbury said it’s cutting positions among store trainers, of which it has 870. The retailer employs more than 100,000 people, while Home Retail has about 24,000 employees, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“We appreciate that Sainsbury’s has a good record of redeployment of staff in these situations and we will be exploring every avenue to ensure continuing employment for our members,” the union said.

(A previous version of this story was corrected to show the job cuts are occurring at Sainsbury, not Home Retail.)

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