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Cardiff job losses: Julie Morgan AM and Anna McMorrin MP issue statement after meeting with Tesco bosses

June 22, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Julie Morgan AM and Anna McMorrin MP have today met senior staff from Tesco following the announcement yesterday (June 21) that 1,200 jobs will be lost from its offices at ‘Tesco House’ in Cardiff.

Julie Morgan and Anna McMorrin met with Alec Brown, head of UK stakeholder relations, and Rhodri Evans, communications manager for Wales and the West of England, to press them on their reasons for the job losses and why jobs in Dundee have been prioritised over jobs in Wales.

Read the joint statement on Tesco job losses by Julie Morgan and Anna McMorrin

Julie Morgan and Anna McMorrin said: “We strongly oppose this decision and asked them to think again and take this back to their chief executive.

“We asked what the rationale was for the job losses in Cardiff and we were told there was more space in Dundee and the company wants to have one site where customer relations staff are based. They said they would come back to us with other reasons as we could not see why Dundee is a more attractive place to base these jobs. 

“We feel they are not acting responsibly as a long-standing employer in Wales when the company has employed staff in Cardiff at Maes-y-Coed Road in Cardiff North for 27 years.

“We were shocked that Tesco didn’t even contact Welsh Government to discuss any help it could offer to keep the jobs in Wales before making this decision.

“We are dismayed at the huge number of good jobs that will be lost and it will have a massive impact on staff and their families.”

Julie Morgan and Anna McMorrin plan to visit Tesco House tomorrow afternoon (June 23) to meet staff.