Council pledges support after Tesco axes 1,200 jobs in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:57 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 29 June 2017

Councillor Bernard Sarson

Councillor Bernard Sarson

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has pledged support to families affected by Tesco cutting 1,200 jobs in the borough.

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The retailer announced plans yesterday to scrap 25 per cent of roles at its offices in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield, plunging employees into weeks of uncertainty as consultations take place throughout the summer.

Borough councillor Bernard Sarson, executive member for business, partnerships and public health, said: “We understand from yesterday’s announcement that 1,200 people will be facing redundancy and our sympathies are with everyone who may be affected.

“Tesco has a long-standing connection to the borough and whilst it is clear some difficult decisions were made, they remain a major local employer and vital part of our business community.

“We will work with Tesco as further details emerge to see how we can best support residents and their families through this unsettling time.”

The supermarket giant’s announcement comes weeks after it submitted plans for a hotel between Kestrel Way and Bessemer Road – immediately north of its Shire Park base.

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