EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Tesco Polska

Tesco Polska

Geographic Location

Country: Poland
Location of affected unit(s): Olsztyn, Ruda Śląska, Nowy Sącz, Starogard Gdański and Komorniki


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: 22000
Group: Tesco

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 05-06-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 1480
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 24-06-2019
Foreseen End Date: 31-07-2019

Additional Information

The British global retailer Tesco has announced that it will cut up to 1,480 jobs through a collective dismissal programme by the end of July 2019. The programme will affect 4 unprofitable stores (in Olsztyn, Ruda Śląska, Nowy Sącz and Starogard Gdański) and logistics centre in Komorniki. The company informed that the programme will affect up to 1,300 rank-and-file employees and 180 managerial positions. The conditions of the programme will be negotiated with the local trade unions, and redundant workers will receive a severance pay. According to Tesco, the decision was made due to economic reasons.

Tesco has been operating in Poland since 1992; the company has about 350 stores across the country and employs 22,000 people. In 2018, the company announced three restructuring programmes: in February (600 jobs lost), June (240 jobs lost), and August (2,200 jobs lost). In January 2019, the company cut 1,300 jobs at its units across Poland.