Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. The supermarket chain initially forecast up to 2,600 redundancies, but it has since halved that number after a 45-day consultation with staff.The Walmart-owned retailer, which has 578 stores across the country, also confirmed it would be creating 5,760 new roles, but the majority of these will be on a lower pay grade.The plans affect about 4,100 managers.Asda chief executive Andy Clarke said: “As much as it is my job, and privilege, to be CEO of this business and to do what is right for Asda as a whole, this is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.”While I genuinely believe that it is the right decision for the future of Asda, knowing that it will result in valued colleagues leaving us is not easy.”Managers affected by the plans will either start training for their new jobs or take a redundancy package over the next few weeks.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was the highlight of this year’s Gold Coast Greek Festival last weekend. The PM paid a unexpected visit to the Evandale Parklands, where he surprised the 20,000 people attending. Accompanied by Moncrieff MP Steve Ciobo, the pair attracted much of the attention throughout the day, taking selfies and indulging in Greek treats. Property developer Jim Raptis when opening the festival gave Mr Turnbull a special welcome, saying “we are pleased and fortunate that your visit to our city allowed you to join us”. Mr Raptis went on to recognise the contribution of Greek migrants on the Gold Coast and the growing number who are still choosing to call Australia home. “The Greek community on the Gold Coast and everywhere in Australia is proud to be part of this wonderful country,” said Mr Raptis. Mr Turnbull was later called to the stage, where he praised the Greek Australian community, claiming “I love everything about Greek culture”. The first Australian prime minister to attend the event in its 12 years, organisers of the event honoured his presence with a plaque. The PM’s attendance coincided with his trip to the sunshine state to announce a $95 million grant for the extension of the Gold Coast light rail line, expected to be ready in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram