NIGHT workers at Asda could face losing their jobs or earning less money under new plans.
The supermarket giant is proposing to change shift patterns at 184 smaller superstores, moving night shifts to the daytime.
The move would see the ‘removal’ of up to 211 night shift manager roles, and a change to working patterns of around 4,137 staff.
Those paid by the hour would see their earnings cut due to the removal of a night-shift premium – understood to be worth more than £2 per hour – if their hours transfer to daytime.
As well as the changes for night shift workers, Asda is also proposing to reduce opening hours at all 23 in-store Post Office branches, affecting 23 managers and 200 hourly-paid workers.
In addition, seven of Asda’s 254 in-store pharmacies woudl also close under the plans, affecting 48 hourly-paid staff and 14 pharmacists.
Ken Towle, Asda’s retail director, said: “The retail sector is evolving at pace and it is vital we review changing customer preferences, along with our own ways of working, to ensure we are operating as efficiently as possible, so that we can continue to invest and grow our business.
“We are now entering a period of consultation with our colleagues on these proposals.
“We recognise this will be a difficult time for them and will do all we can to support them through this process.”
Asda has supermarkets at Gillingham, Yeovil and Frome. None has a Post Office, but Yeovil has a pharmacy. No further details on which pharmacies will close has been released.