The retailers of the Sam & # 39; s Club announced the resignation of employees who were in probation within the framework of a restructuring of the company, said Iván Báez, director of business affairs at Walmart, a THE VOCERO.
Báez indicated that the termination of evidential employees took place in all stores that remain open and that respond to an attempt to maintain the operational efficiency of the clubs. Sources of this newspaper said that more than 50% of the redundant employees did not work for the company for three months.
"Contracts are not renewed for trial jobs, but this is not related to the reform of the labor market, which certainly allows us to create a more flexible, efficient and profitable structure in our seven clubs to keep costs low and keep working, "said the executive.
Before answering questions from this newspaper about the possible closure of other stores, Báez replied that no closures are currently being considered and clarifies that they will make new investments in the coming months.
However, the dismissal of employees coincided with the closure of the Gaby Mini Donas branches outside the seven clubs. The closure corresponds to an alignment in the concepts of the Sam & # 39; s and it is not known how many employees will be unemployed at the departure of these branches.
In the past year, the chain closed the stores of Barceloneta, Humacao, Rexville in Bayamón and Los Colobos in Carolina. Moreover, the activities of its central offices on the island were discontinued, when a staff of nearly a thousand employees was dismissed.
Walmart, which also manages the Amigo Supermarkets activities, also announced last year the closure of this concept in Hatillo, Cupey, Caparra and Corozal. The operations of the Amigo of Rio Grande, Altomar, Caguas, Salinas and Toa Alta had already stopped.