I am alarmed at hearing the announcement that jobs will be lost as a result of Tesco ‘s intention to close Tesco House in Llanishen.
Tesco has confirmed that 1,200 jobs will go at the call centre, while 200 jobs will be moved to the Dundee site. No consultation was made with staff, which is a disgrace coming from one of the largest and most profitable companies in the UK. For Tesco to simply walk away from their responsibilities is unacceptable.
I met with Tesco on Friday, along with my colleagues Julie Morgan AM and Anna McMorrin MP, in order to express our concerns. We also met with staff who made it clear that Tesco had not properly prepared them for the announcement of the closure of Tesco House.
There seems little possibility of Tesco changing its mind during the consultation period, and therefore I want to make sure that as soon as possible everyone is given individual tailored career advice based on their personal circumstances and career interests.
I have raised this issue in the Senedd and am pleased to hear that Ken Skates, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, has agreed to get involved as this will help with advice and re-training to all those affected.
Such a large loss of jobs will have a wider impact on Cardiff, and the South Wales economy, and it is irresponsible for such a large and powerful company like Tesco to simply try and walk away.
If you are affected and live in Cardiff Central, please get in touch my emailing Jenny.Rathbone@assembly.wales or call me on 02920 256 255.