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Tesco Ireland Confirms Voluntary Redundancies

Tesco Ireland has confirmed that it has opened up applications for voluntary redundancies in a number of its stores, amid rumours that the retailer is seeking hundreds of redundancies.

While Tesco did not confirm the total number of likely redundancies, a spokesperson did confirm that a voluntary redundancy process was underway.

“We have opened up applications for voluntary redundancy in a number of stores for colleagues who are on historic terms and conditions,” the spokesperson said.

“This is entirely voluntary and is aimed at introducing greater flexibility in our stores to free up resources so we can improve our customer service by investing in having more colleagues on the shop floor during the busiest times of the day.

“As this process is voluntary and ongoing, we can’t speculate on the number of colleagues who will choose to take up this offer, however, in net terms, this will not have a significant impact, as we will continue to invest in having more colleagues on the shop floor, giving greater flexibility in stores to improve customer service.”

Tesco has yet to announce the appointment of a new commercial director for its Irish business, following the departure of John Paul O’Reilly last month.

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