Amazon has announced plans to close three of its more than 30 UK warehouses, affecting 1,200 jobs.
Workers at facilities in Doncaster, Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and Gourock in the west of Scotland will be offered positions at other Amazon locations.
Many of the 300 workers at the Gourock site are believed to be unlikely to want to move because there are no other Amazon facilities nearby, as is the case with the Doncaster and Hertfordshire factories.
The closures of old sites come as Amazon prepares to open new delivery warehouses in Peddimore in the West Midlands and Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham which will employ 2,500 people.
An Amazon spokesperson said the company remained “committed to our customers, employees and communities across the UK”.
“We are constantly evaluating our network to ensure it meets our business needs and to improve the experience for our employees and customers. As part of this effort, we may close older sites, upgrade existing facilities or open new sites, and we have launched a consultation on the proposed closure of three fulfillment centers in 2023,” the carrier said. word.
The potential job losses come after Amazon announced last week that it planned to cut 18,000 jobs worldwide – mostly in its headquarters – in a bid to become more efficient under Andrew Jassy, who has assumed his role as CEO in the summer of 2021.
The changes come as shoppers limit their spending and the online retailer faces an uncertain economy globally. The company has also taken on staff in recent years as it expands into new areas, including grocery, own-brand technology and fashion.
Costs in Amazon’s warehouses and delivery operations rose as a shortage of workers, especially for skilled positions such as forklift and heavy truck drivers, forced the company to raise wages.
Workers at the company’s vast depot in Coventry are set to go on strike on January 25 to demand £15 an hour pay, after winning a historic yes in a ballot for industrial action .