Reader letter: Supermarket debate

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The government hails the supermarkets as the retail success that will lead us out of this recession, promising to give more job opportunities and reduce the level of unemployment.

This is totally brilliant except evidence shows that branches are being shut down. I refer in particular to the Co-op in March. This I understand is to close and staff will be given the opportunity to transfer to other stores in the area. Unfortunately, if you have only enough work for 20 people why employ another 10? Business accountants advise you to reduce your staff numbers and get more productivity. The result is 30 people doing the work of 20 which means long-term loyal employees get reduced hours and decide whether signing on benefits is a better option. The total opposite of the government’s plan to reduce unemployment. It’s hardly a surprise that staff loyalty is a thing of the past.

Lucy Smith

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