Tesco Staff Not To Be Trusted?
tesco-complaint | December 20, 2006 at 05:29 amby
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"TESCO is carrying out random searches on its staff in a clampdown on stealing. The supermarket giant, which makes £1billion [sic - it's actually £2billion+] profit a year, says the checks are necessary - but workers claim the searches are degrading. One said: "For loyal members of staff, they are utterly humiliating." The workers at Tesco Extra hypermarkets all have to press a green button as they leave work... and that decides who is searched.
A manager said: "It is randomly done and we do not discriminate [ie -we do not trust any of our staff?]." Shopworkers' union Usdaw said: "If staff wish, we will take it up with the management." The Centre for Retail Research claims 40 per cent of missing stock in stores, worth £8million a year, is stolen by staff."
Tesco-Complaint would like to put those figures from the CRR into context: Tesco made in excess of £2billion profit last year thanks to the hard work of it's staff. If £8million of UK retail stock is stolen by UK retail staff in the sector then the value stolen in Tesco by staff must be in the thousands or hundred thousands. Considering Tesco's £2billion profit this tiny amount of theft by probably a miniscule proportion of staff is not enough to demoralise all Tesco staff on a daily basis in this machine-like way. These people earn your company a huge fortune or should only Sir Terry Leahy get credit for Tesco's profit? Someone at Tesco PLC needs to think seriously about responsible corporate governance and about it's promise:
"We constantly review how we are performing and look for better ways of working to ensure a safe and enjoyable shopping and working environment for our people and our customers."
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