Bolsover MP slams Tesco’s plans to close Barlborough site

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AROUND 400 jobs are at risk in Bolsover after Tesco announced plans to close its distribution centre in Barlborough.

The supermarket giant is restructuring its distribution system in the UK closing three centres and transferring 2,000 jobs to sites in Reading and Dagenham.

Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner said Tesco’s decision to close the Barlborough site and put 400 workers’ jobs at risk was a ‘disgrace’.

“This stinks more than that horsemeat scandal of theirs. Every little helps? Obviously that is not the case in Bolsover,” he said.

“Now they are expecting workers to travel 170 miles to Reading - it’s an absolute disgrace.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We’ve been reviewing our distribution network, and have today confirmed plans to close some of our current distribution centres and open new ones that will give our customers a better service and improve working conditions for our colleagues.”

“Colleagues who are affected will be offered jobs at other Tesco sites, including at the two new distribution sites we have confirmed today that we will be opening, in Reading and Dagenham. Two thousand jobs will be created at those sites.”

For more on this story, see this week’s Worksop Guardian.

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