Argos warehouse closure could cut 230 jobs

Argos is to close its Bridgwater depot as part of plans to integrate the company’s logistics network with owner Sainsbury's

Unite has said that the closure, expected to take place next year, will impact around 230 jobs.

The trade union is seeking urgent meetings with Sainsbury’s at a senior level and said it would be exploring all avenues to preserve jobs.

“Last year we shared plans to accelerate the integration of the Sainsbury’s and Argos logistics networks and confirmed a number of our existing depots would close,” said a Sainsbury’s spokesperson. “Our Bridgwater depot is one of the sites affected and we are supporting the teams in any way we can.”

The spokesperson added that the company is looking at redeployment opportunities for Sainsbury’s employees.

“Our members at the Argos Bridgwater distribution centre have continued to work throughout the pandemic and their reward for this dedication is to face losing their jobs,” said Unite regional officer, Tim Morris. “Unite will be holding an urgent meeting with the company to better understand why this announcement has been made.”

Morris concluded: “The union will fully engage in the consultation process and will explore all options to preserve as many jobs as possible in Bridgwater or at alternative locations.”

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