Major British supermarket chain, Tesco, has announced it will cut up to 15,000 jobs.

With youth unemployment reaching 11.7 per cent between September and November last year, the cuts could seriously affect many young people employed by Britain’s largest retailer.

The chain will close fresh food counters in around 90 of its stores, with other counters reducing their opening hours. The supermarket has also said it will remove staff canteens, that currently employ out-sourced staff, making them self-service instead.

A former staff member voiced his outrage on social media, angrily describing the supermarket as the “worst” company to work for:

Even members of the public are unhappy with the retailer’s decision, calling the multi-national company “greedy” as it makes cuts in an attempt to save £1.5 billion by 2020.

The cuts are part of chief executive Dave Lewis’ saving plans, after the company faced an accounting scandal in 2014.

The supermarket chain currently employs 300,000 people in the UK and controls more than a quarter of the UK grocery industry

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