Tesco need security staff

Tesco need security staff

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As a current Tesco employee, I’m keeping anonymous in order to protect my job.

Tesco have recently removed the security staff from their smaller stores and heavily reduced them on the extras (so instead of 3, you now have 1 part time). I believe this is unsafe for colleagues and shoppers and encourages thieves to regularly help themselves safe in the knowledge they are untouchable.

Staff have also been made to sign “training” which states we will not intervene if we see a shoplifter and if we do we will be investigated and possibly fired. We find this extremely hard to swallow. When you see someone doing something illegal, which has an impact on the work you do, the customers you serve and the morale of the workforce, you should be supported by the company you work for and not have your concerns ignored.

We have been told that Tesco will not supply security as their profit margins are still big enough to absorb any theft. (In our store alone, we lose thousands a week). I believe this entirely misses the point. We, the colleagues of Tesco, feel undervalued and that our concerns and security, do not matter. It has an adverse effect of customers who not only witness and intervene in these thefts, but who are inconvenienced by loss of stock and who end up paying more for items so that Tesco can make up the loss.

I and many of my colleagues have witnessed and been jeered at by thieves who know we can not intervene in case we lose our jobs. I want to take the power back from them, and start working in a safe environment again. We know some theft is inevitable. However, since we have lost the security guards, thieves are literally walking in and taking trolleys full of items and waving as they leave. If Tesco head office don’t care, I hope some of you will, especiallyif you shop with us or have friends and family working at Tesco. Thank you

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