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Asda announces 3,000 jobs at risk as supermarket unveils major restructure

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Thousands of jobs at Asda are at risk as the supermarket giant reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

Consultations with around 5,000 workers have started, as part of a major restructuring plan.

Out of those, 3,000 back office store worker roles could be lost.

However, Asda plans to create approximately 4,500 jobs online this year and is hoping to hire affected staff.

Roger Burnley, Asda chief executive officer and president, said: "The pandemic has accelerated change across the retail sector especially the shift towards grocery home shopping and our priority is to serve customers in the way they want to shop with us.

"The last 12 months have shown us that businesses have to be prepared to adapt quickly to change and I am incredibly proud of the way we demonstrated our agility and resilience through the pandemic.

"We know that these proposed changes will be unsettling for colleagues and our priority is to support them during this consultation process.

"Our plans to transform the business will result in more roles being created than those we propose to remove and our absolute aim is to ensure as many colleagues as possible stay with us, as well as creating the opportunity to welcome new people to our business."

The supermarket’s US owner Walmart earlier announced it would sell off the chain to petrol station tycoons the Isaa brothers.

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Earlier this month, Asda opened an inshore vaccination centre at a supermarket in Watford.

It turned its George clothing department into a medical hub, with trained pharmacy workers administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

It opened its first vaccination site at its Cape Hill shop in Birmingham.

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President Burnley said last month: "We are incredibly proud to provide this service and are keen to do all we can to help the NHS and Government accelerate the rollout of the vaccination programme.

"We have an extensive nationwide logistics network that could support the storage and distribution of the vaccine and our highly-trained pharmacy colleagues are experienced in delivering large vaccination programmes, having recently provided nearly 200,000 flu jabs to members of the public.

"We are on hand to provide the NHS with any practical support required so that more people can quickly receive the vaccine."

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