The Co-operative Group is hiring around 1,700 extra management staff in its food stores over the next five months.
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The new appointments aim to provide a consistent management structure across all its stores. The retailer said that management structures currently differ widely across the group due to its acquisition of stores from other retailers and co-operative societies.
Some stores will see a reduction in management positions, however the retailer hopes to redeploy the affected staff. It is working with trade union USDAW during the negotiations.
The Co-operative Food chief executive Tim Hurrell, said: “We’re adopting a consistent approach that is appropriate to the size of each store and will help us meet our goal of delivering excellent service.”