Sainsbury’s ‘to cut 3,000 jobs by closing fresh fish and meat counters’

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Sainsbury’s has announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

A large number of the jobs will go from the group’s Argos business, which was bought by the supermarket in 2016.

There will be layoffs in Sainsbury’s stores with the closure of delicatessens and fresh fish and meat counters, according to a report in the Times.

Sainsbury’s is taking the action despite strong sales during the pandemic period.

The retailer earlier in the day announced that its veteran commercial director Paul Mills-Hicks will leave the group as part of a revamp of its leadership team by new chief executive Simon Roberts.

The supermarket employs more than 170,000 in its stores across Britain.

The move comes as the UK was plunged into a second coronavirus lockdown from midnight last night.

There are mounting fears for more job losses in the coming weeks.

On Monday John Lewis axed 1,500 office roles and M&S announced its first loss in nearly a century.

The British group is due to deliver a trading update to the City tomorrow morning, as England’s new coronavirus lockdown takes effect.

A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman declined to comment tonight on whether job cuts would be included in the update.