Argos to shut down Somerset distribution site ‘with 230 jobs at risk’
Argos has announced that it will close its Somerset distribution site.
Union Unite has warned the move would put “230 jobs at risk” at the retailer’s Bridgwater warehouse.
He said he was “determined to fight to save as many jobs as possible” after the site closes next year.
Argos owner Sainsbury’s has confirmed that the depot is a site that should be affected as part of plans to integrate the logistics networks of the two brands.
Last year, Sainsbury’s said some distribution sites would be affected by a move to streamline logistics operations for the Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat brands into one network.
The supermarket group said it would seek to redeploy workers affected by the announcement elsewhere in its operations.
A Sainsbury spokesperson said: “Last year we shared plans to accelerate the integration of the Sainsbury and Argos logistics networks and confirmed that a number of our existing depots would close.
“Our Bridgwater depot is one of the affected sites and we are supporting the teams in any way we can.
“This includes exploring redeployment opportunities for our colleagues at Sainsbury’s.”
Unite regional agent Tim Morris said: “Our members at the Argos Bridgwater distribution center have continued to work throughout the pandemic and their reward for this dedication is to cope with the loss of their jobs.
“Unite will hold an urgent meeting with the company to better understand why this announcement was made.
“The union will fully engage in the consultation process and explore all options to preserve as many jobs as possible in Bridgwater or elsewhere.”
It comes a month after Sainsbury’s said around 1,150 jobs would be affected as part of a restructuring that saw the cut of around 500 head office positions.