Speedy grocery delivery firm Getir has begun to layoff staff en masse in what one worker described as a “redundancy massacre”.
The job cuts follow Getir’s acquisition of rival firm Gorillas in a £1bn deal in December.
It is understood that Getir staff have been laid off on a daily basis over the past week via one-to-one meetings, held both face-to-face and via Teams.
The handling of the redundancies has left employees furious with senior management, who allegedly did not give impacted workers any notice or consultation period.
“The management have been simply doing 1-2-1 meetings and letting people go after the meeting. Computer accounts are being deactivated on the hourly marker,” one source told Charged.
Another employee said: “I have been one of those caught up and staff have been left crying and angry at management in WeWork offices.”
The sources said the redundancies are ongoing with a new raft of cuts happening each day. It is not clear how many jobs have gone altogether, however sources told Charged earlier this month that up to 300 jobs could go at the speedy delivery firm.
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The rapid food delivery sector is in turmoil as demand has dipped post-pandemic.
This has led to downsizing and consolidation in the market, where many rival startups had been focused on driving sales rather than profitability to gain market leadership position.
Job cuts have been on the card at Getir, the UK market leader in speedy grocery delivery, and were expected to be announced at an all-company meeting that was due to take place last week. However, according to an email seen by Charged, this has now moved to next Monday.
Getir’s leadership will speak to the team at the company’s new WeWork office in Waterloo.
“They are butchering staff to downsize to fit in the smaller WeWork office at Waterloo station from Monday,” one of the impacted staff told Charged.
It is understood that two of Getir’s senior leaders in the UK head of gStores Shem Wadowski and head of internal communications and employer branding Anisha Jhina, have also left the company abruptly in recent weeks.
Charged Retail has contacted Getir for comment.