Morrisons to axe 2,600 management staff in major shake-up

Struggling supermarket chain Morrisons has announced plans to cut 2,600 management positions from its workforce as part of a major overhaul that will affect 15,000 staff.

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips said the move, which will take out two tiers of management at the chain, would “improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working.”

Dalton recently found himself at the pointy end of some remarks made by Morrisons founder Sir Ken Morrisons, who branded Dalton’s strategy as “bullsh*t” at the company’s annual general meeting this month.

The company, which currently employs 126,000 people expects to make about 2,600 staff redundant, and follows recent cuts of over 100 staff at distribution centres, according to the Guardian.

Morrisons’ restructure comes as pressure from discount stores such as Lidl and Aldi is forcing many of the biggest supermarkets to become more efficient and cut costs. Lidl is set to become the largest grocery retailer in western Europe by 2018, according to a report by Planet Retail released yesterday.

The changing retail environment has also seen major restructuring projects within Tesco and Sainsbury’s, while ASDA also recently announced it was cutting over 4,000 jobs in a major restructuring move.

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