Tesco stores in County Tipperary may be starting to feel the pinch from other multiples, with the UK retailer confirming that it is looking at abolishing night working at its Nenagh and Roscrea outlets.
The move will affect less than 20 staff and one job will be lost in Nenagh through redundancy. The company has defended its move by saying any change will make its working hours more family-friendly.
However, this is at odds with what sources within the stores have told the Tipperary Star, with one source saying the change has more to do with the threat from German discount stores Lidl and Aldi and with lower than expected Christmas revenue than with having family-friendly working time.
A Tesco spokesperson told the Star that management had been consulting with night working staff in the two Tipperary towns in an effort to improve customer service and ensure they have more staff in stores during the busiest times of the day,
“We have been consulting with our night working colleagues in Nenagh and Roscrea to see how many would like to change to day shifts,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“We’re really happy to be able to offer more family-friendly hours to our colleagues and the take up has been overwhelming. There will be no net job losses in these stores as a result of this change, that will help us to provide an improved service for our customers,” the statement said.
The store hired around 400 temporary staff over Christmas as part of what the company said was “to ensure we had more colleagues working during the day”, but according to one local source none was hired in Nenagh.
When Tesco opened its massive outlet in Nenagh, it was a 24-hour store. However, with the collapse in the economy, the store reverted to closing at 11pm, with some staff working overnight to restock shelves.
The proposed change in working time does not affect the Thurles store.