Asda is considering scrapping the morning perk of free tea and toast for its staff and may also close its canteens in an attempt to cut costs.
The proposal, which comes as the retailer is axing 200 jobs at its head office in Leeds, could also lead to vending machines scrapped. Managers are understood to be meeting with union representatives on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
The latest cutback came less than two years after the retailer brought store canteens in-house and reduced staff catering facilities across 200 branches.
Asda has yet to reveal how it performed over Christmas, but data from Kantar Worldpanel last week suggested sales slumped 3.5% in the 12 weeks to 3 January, reducing the grocer’s share of the market by 0.6 percentage points to 16.2%.
The chain is thought to have been a big loser over the festive period. Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons all performed better than expected, while discounters Aldi and Lidl achieved double-digit sales increases.
This article was written by Sarah Butler, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 20th January 2016 11.44 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010