Morrisons to slash 2,600 jobs in management overhaul

Fresh round of cuts follows 700 back office redundancies announced last year

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Supermarket chain Morrisons will slash 2,600 jobs in a management overhaul as it attempts to revive its fading fortunes.

Chief executive Dalton Philips, who faced severe criticism earlier this month from former boss Sir Ken Morrison, said the redundancies were part of plans to modernise the store management structure. The move follows 700 back office redundancies announced last year.

He said: "This is the right time to modernise the way our stores are managed. These changes will improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working.

"We know that moving to the new management structure will mean uncertainty for our colleagues and we will be supporting them through the process."

The changes involve removing a tier of management in stores, leading to 1000 promotions to duty managers, but 2600 redundancies. In total, 14,000 members of staff will be impacted by the move.

Morrisons also said it would hire 1000 staff to fill its new M Local convenience stores and 3000 new supermarket jobs, with the positions offered to redundant staff first.