John Lewis faces the threat of strike action over fears of mass job losses
John Lewis boss Sharon White is facing workers threatening to strike over fears of mass job losses.
Staff have demanded reassurance that jobs at the partnership, which owns John Lewis department stores and Waitrose, will be safe.
There have been reports that the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) is planning to cut up to 11,000 jobs. It is looking to reduce its workforce of 76,000 employees by at least 10 percent.
In a letter to White, the GMB union said it could vote workers out if White did not meet them urgently. About 250 JLP employees are members of the union.
“If workers do not get the answers they feel they deserve, they will not hesitate to call on the GMB to start a worker ballot,” wrote the union’s national officer, Nadine Houghton.
Bad sign: Staff demanded reassurance that jobs at the partnership, which owns John Lewis department stores and Waitrose, would be safe
A JLP spokesperson said last night that the letter had been received and they would respond “in due course”.
The letter states that workers are “deeply concerned” that the recent reduction in redundancy pay was “the first step in a major round of job cuts”.
According to GMB, the move was made through “a little consultation” with the staff body, known as the JLP Partnership Board.
It is understood that an elected sub-committee of the Council made this decision.
The John Lewis partnership struggled for several years.
Last month, White told staff there would be “very bold changes” as the company looked to return to profit this year.
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