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Amazon to shut three UK warehouses

Amazon is planning to shut three UK warehouses to cut cost, a decision which will affect 1,200 jobs.

The company said all workers at the sites will be offered roles at other Amazon locations.

A spokesman for the online retailer said the tech giant has launched consultations over the closure of three UK warehouses in Hemel Hempstead, Doncaster and Gourock, in the west of Scotland .

The firm plans to open two new fulfillment centers over the next three years at Peddimore, West Midlands, and Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, creating 2,500 jobs.

Amazon Chief Executive, Andy Jassy said in a note to employees, which was made public: “These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure.”

The group expects to tell staff directly impacted by the cuts from 18 January and said it is offering a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and job placement support.

The decision to shut three warehouses in the UK also comes as Amazon is set to endure a strike by workers in the UK for the first time.

Amazon’s workers had demanded for better pay, about 300 of whom plan to go on strike on Jan. 25.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare