June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Monday, September 10, 2012
A large supermarket chain has been forced to defend its employment policy following accusations that one of its stores has only four local employees among 25 staff, despite being in an unemployment blackspot.
The issue was originally raised by Yvonne Denny, a youth representative from the Church of England, at a meeting of Haringey Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee in July.
Ms Denny told the meeting that her youth group had carried out a survey of employees at Sainsbury’s Local, in High Road, which was damaged during last year’s riots and re-opened in April, and found only four employees lived in Tottenham.
She said: “Some come from Islington and some come from Enfield; we were told that the Sainsbury’s would employ local people which it didn’t.”
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said all employees live “within a five-mile radius” of the convenience store, insisting: “Our stores reflect the communities they serve so we try to give jobs to people who live locally.”
She added: “We will be keeping the local community informed as further job opportunities are created, including our new supermarket in Tottenham Hotspur’s development which will create 250 jobs.”