Tesco workers in Nottinghamshire are anxious at the possibility of unemployment, after the supermarket announced 9,000 jobs are at risk nationwide.

The UK’s largest supermarket confirmed the move as part of a plan to “simplify” aspects of its business.

The fish, meat and deli counters in 700 stores will be run on a full-time or flexible basis. It has not yet been confirmed if any of Nottinghamshire’s stores will be affected by the change.

“This is devastating news for staff”

Pauline Foulkes, USDAW National Officer

The losses will affect the company’s head office and some stores, but some staff could be redeployed to other areas.

In a statement Tesco CEO Jason Tarry said: “In our four years of turnaround we’ve made good progress, but the market is challenging and we need to continually adapt to remain competitive and respond to how customers want to shop.

“We’re making changes to our UK stores and head office to simplify what we do and how we do it, so we’re better able to meet the needs of our customers.”

Tesco hopes to simplify the shopping experience for its customers

Pauline Foulkes, national officer of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) responded: “Staff at Tesco are shocked and dismayed by the scale of yet another round of potential job losses.

“This is devastating news for staff, who have played a crucial role in Tesco’s turnaround project, contributing to 12 successive quarters of growth, solid Christmas trading and over a billion pounds of profit.”