Staff of Morrisons stores in Bache, Saltney and Ellesmere Port face an uncertain future, as the supermarket chain announced earlier today that it plans to cut 2,600 jobs in an overhaul of its management structure.

The company will reduce in-store management tiers, having trialled the new structure, which it says led to stronger performance and clearer lines of responsibility.

A spokesperson for Morrisons told the Chronicle that redundancies 'are not being broken down store by store', but that a consultation period with individual stores is now underway.

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips said: “This is the right time to modernise the way our stores are managed. These changes will improve our focus on customers and lead to simpler, smarter ways of working.

“We know that moving to the new management structure will mean uncertainty for our colleagues and we will be supporting them through the process.”

Joanne McGuinness, national officer for the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, said: “The next few weeks will be a worrying time for our members in Morrisons and we will do everything possible to support them.

“Today marks the start of a 45-day consultation period, where we will look in detail at the company’s business case.

“Our priority will be to safeguard as many  jobs as possible, maximise employment within the business and get the best possible outcome for our members affected by this restructuring.”