Supermarket giant Morrisons has made the decision to shift to a single maintenance provider, down from more than 80, putting over 1,000 jobs at risk. 

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Morrisons is on a cost-cutting drive 

The grocer, which is trying to cut costs after its October 2021 takeover by US private equity group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is also likely to lay off 50 staff dealing with property maintenance at its Bradford head office and offices around the country, according to The Guardian.

Several of the suppliers, who have worked with Morrisons for decades, expressed anger that such lengthy relationships had reportedly been ended in a short video call in which they were unable to ask questions.

Some Morrisons staff will be transferred to the new sole maintenance provider City Facilities Management, which is based in Glasgow. Morrisons said it expects 120 job losses overall.

A Morrisons spokesperson said: “We are proposing some important changes and improvements to our maintenance model through a new national partnership with City FM, but we anticipate many of our existing suppliers to continue to work for Morrisons under subcontracting arrangements.

“We are endeavouring to communicate and execute these changes carefully and thoughtfully with all those affected.”

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