Harlow Tesco depot closure: MP Robert Halfon's jobs concerns

Robert Halfon Mr Halfon said he was worried people offered jobs elsewhere would be worse off

Related Stories

The government has been asked to step in to protect the pay and conditions of redeployed Tesco depot workers, an Essex MP says.

Tesco is restructuring its distribution system in the UK, with the closure of three centres - including Harlow - and the transfer of 2,000 jobs.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon says he fears Harlow depot workers would see changes to their pay and conditions.

The supermarket giant said that pay rates were still being negotiated.

It said all those people whose current jobs were being lost would be offered new employment within Tesco.

The 800 workers in Harlow are being offered alternative jobs at its stores or in its distribution centres in Dagenham and Enfield.

Lower wages

Mr Halfon said: "I find it very disturbing that hard-working people, if they are offered the same jobs elsewhere, are not going to be offered the same pay and conditions.

"They will be fundamentally worse off, as not only will they have their travel costs but their wages will be lower."

Mr Halfon said he had seen business minister Michael Fallon who would be contacting Tesco. He will be meeting representatives from Tesco next week.

Start Quote

Pay rates at each distribution site are determined by the local market”

End Quote Tesco statement

In a statement, Tesco said that negotiations over contracts were just beginning and that pay rates would be "fair".

"Pay rates at each distribution site are determined by the local market," it said.

The company also announced it was looking for someone to take over the current lease of the Harlow building and was hopeful of interest.

Other Tesco distribution centres affected are Barlborough near Chesterfield, where 400 people work, and Weybridge in Surrey with 650 staff.

Magor in Monmouthshire, which employs 800 people, will be cutting 150 staff.

The union Usdaw has described the changes as "devastating" for staff and is consulting with Tesco to "explore all possible options to reduce any job losses."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Essex



7 °C 2 °C

Features & Analysis

  • A resin model of a sculpture illustrating the WW1 Christmas Truce football matchChristmas truce

    How France has forgotten the WW1 enemies who shook hands

  • Woman thinkingWho? What? Why?

    The questions of 2014, answered succinctly

  • Banda Aceh in 2004 and 2014Then and now

    Images of transformation 10 years on from the Indian Ocean tsunami

  • JACK O'Connell Big break

    Why Jack O'Connell is the talk of Hollywood

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • HolidayHaute holiday

    When you’re wealthy, money is no object. BBC Capital discovers six places the rich like to escape to


  • (File photo) A mother polar bear and two cubssThe Travel Show Watch

    From polar bear watching to crocodile conservation - highlights from 2014

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.