EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Poland
Location of affected unit(s): Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Zabierzów and Sosnowiec


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
Number Employed: 20000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 19-09-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 2117
Planned Job Reductions max: 2117
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 10-10-2019
Foreseen End Date: 31-01-2020

Additional Information

Supermarket chain Tesco announced its plans to close five hypermarkets in Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, Zabierzów and Sosnowiec. According to the company, the decision was taken in light of changing internal structures. The collective dismissal is expected to affect up to a maximum of 2,117 employees, which include 1,996 ordinary and 121 managerial positions. The company plans to carry out these redundancies between 10 October 2019 and 31 January 2020. Conditions of the labour adjustment plan are to be negotiated with trade unions, and redundant employees will receive a severance payment.

Operating in Poland since 1992, the company has around 350 stores across the country and employs nearly 20,000 people. In 2019, the company already announced three other restructuring programmes: January (1,300 jobs cut), June (1,480 jobs cut) and August (2,154 jobs cut).