Tesco staff must clean toilets, shelves and floors

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Tesco staff will be asked to clean the toilets, shelves and floors of 2,000 of its stores after supermarket bosses cut contract cleaners.

Regular employees of Metro and Express supermarkets will have to take on the responsibilities of professional cleaners from August 24 – a decision that will come as a surprise at a time when the global pandemic is placing more emphasis on hygiene.

It also angered store staff, one of whom said they felt “stabbed in the back” by the “cost reduction” measure after working hard to keep stores stocked and bolster social distancing.

Regular employees of Metro and Express supermarkets will have to take on the responsibilities of professional cleaners from August 24 – a decision that will come as a surprise at a time when the global pandemic is placing more emphasis on hygiene. File photo

A Tesco employee told The Guardian: “Like it or not, there is always a stigma in being a cleaner. That’s a great question when you’ve broken a gut at the checkout or stocking shelves to have to do this, too.

“If a store is not doing well, overtime is reduced and people end up being quite busy. The danger is that the staff will not have enough time to clean properly.

Tesco insists budgets for cleaning supplies would be increased and staff would have more time to complete necessary cleaning. He also said the move would improve standards.

Tesco and other grocers emerged as the big winners from the lockdown as supermarket spending hit an all-time high.

Kantar industry figures showed grocery sales rose 16.9% in the 12 weeks leading up to July 12 to reach £ 31.6 billion.

The chain grew 15.1%, while Sainsbury’s saw its sales increase by 13.5% and Asda’s sales increased by 11%.

The move also angered store staff, one of whom said they felt 'stabbed in the back' by the 'cost cutting' measure after working hard to keep stores stocked and bolstered. social distancing.

The move also angered store staff, one of whom said they felt “stabbed in the back” by the “cost cutting” measure after working hard to keep stores stocked and boost social distancing.

Further sales growth has been hampered by the demands of social distancing, which has limited the number of customers allowed in a store at any one time.

Tesco recently scrapped one-way systems on aisle floors because it alleviated social distancing restrictions, although it will still require customers to stay two meters apart.

The grocer said he will monitor the number of customers who now visit the measures have been relaxed, but some stores are now allowing more people to enter at the same time.

Tesco said, “Currently we are using third party vendors for cleaning. After a successful trial, we have found that giving our stores more ownership and control over their cleaning results in better and more consistent standards.

“We are now going to deploy it in all of our Express stores and Metro convenience stores.

Tesco insists budgets for cleaning supplies would be increased and staff would have more time to complete necessary cleaning.  He also claimed that the move would improve standards

Tesco insists budgets for cleaning supplies would be increased and staff would have more time to complete necessary cleaning. He also claimed that the move would improve standards

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