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Asda pharmacy staff not among proposed 2,500 job cuts

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Asda said discussions about job cuts "aren’t easy"

Pharmacy staff working for Asda will not be among the 2,500 jobs the supermarket is considering cutting, C+D has learned.

Departments that may lose staff include Asda’s petrol stations, bakeries and clothing brand George, as well as its back office, it told C+D today (October 29).

While the supermarket is consulting on cutting up to 2,500 jobs in those areas, it stressed that this is not a final figure.

The potential changes “would allow us to do a better job for our customers”, it said in a statement, acknowledging that the discussions “aren’t easy”.

“In a competitive retail market…we must always look at how we can work more quickly and efficiently for [customers] – and inevitably, that means we need to consider changing the roles we need our colleagues to do.”

In April, Asda confirmed it was preparing for a planned merger with Sainsbury’s. The merger will require approval by the Competition and Markets Authority watchdog following an investigation that launched in August.

Asda today reaffirmed that its 255 pharmacies “remain an important part” of its offering and that it has no plans to follow Sainsbury's lead by selling off its pharmacy business.

5 Comments
Question: 
Are any pharmacy jobs in your area at risk?

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

just a stay of execution before coupe takes over, #cantbelieveawordhesay

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

or with, minimal staffing, there aren't any staff ot staffing hours to sacrifice!!

C A, Community pharmacist

They will just further reduce locum rates...

Sue Per, Locum pharmacist

Until, they reach the minimum wage, and the DOH will follow with further reductions for the contractors ........as the pharmacists can be acquired so cheap!

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Just in time for the implementation of their scan and go devices and self-service checkouts. The pharmacy hasn't benefited from these yet, so it makes sense.

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