LONG-SERVING office staff at Morrisons in Bradford have been left devastated after the supermarket giant decided to transfer their jobs to India.
A total of 215 members of staff working in the company headquarters in Gain Lane, Thornbury, have received letters telling them of the proposals and the start of a 90-day consultation period.
A Morrisons spokesman said the company wanted to sub-contract its financial transaction processing department to an Indian company, Wipro, in order to improve efficiency.
The shake-up will probably see around 145 staff losing their jobs. Fifty new posts are being created in Bradford for those hit by redundancy and another 20 of those affected will move to Bradford-based Wipro posts.
Affected staff are devastated by the job losses. Some have worked for the supermarket for 30 years and more.
In a statement, Morrisons said: “Consistent with its approach of focusing on its food business, Morrisons works with many third party companies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of support functions. Wipro is one of these providers of outside expertise, and Morrisons will be extending the services it provides.
“This will mean that approximately 165 roles will move to Wipro of which around 20 will be locally based.
“Morrisons has begun to consult with colleagues on the changes and will be helping them throughout this process. A plan will be put in place to retrain and redeploy colleagues into other roles in and around Bradford, where possible.
Morrisons employs more than 20,000 people across Yorkshire in stores, manufacturing, logistics and the head office.