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John Lewis staff to learn fate as retail giant presses on with job cuts
27 January 2021

Staff at John Lewis Partnership’s head office are set to learn their fate as the retail group pushes ahead with plans to cut around 1,500 jobs in a bid to cut costs.

The employee-owned retail firm was contacting individual workers on Wednesday to tell them if they are risk of redundancy.

In November, the company, which owns both the John Lewis department store business and Waitrose supermarkets, announced it would consult over a proposal to cut up to 1,500 roles.

It will affect staff at its head office sites in Victoria, central London, and Bracknell, Berkshire.

The move is intended to help the business save around £50m as part of wider plans to reduce its total costs by £300m.

The head office cuts come on top of plans to shut eight John Lewis stores with the loss of 1,300 jobs and the closure of four Waitrose stores in a move affecting 124 staff.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “This refers to the 4 November 2020 update where we sadly proposed to reduce the size of our head office by April 2021.

“These difficult but necessary changes will help us to create a simpler, pacier head office that enables us to deliver our five-year Partnership Plan.”

The spokeswoman added that the company will seek to redeploy workers affected by the cuts and will provide redundancy support and funding for retraining for staff whom they are unable to find new roles.

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