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Morrisons invests more than 30m in improving staff rest areas

Friday February 19th 2016

Morrisons is giving its staff facilities a 30 million makeover to make them better places to take a break.

After consulting with its employees, the supermarket has decided to invest in better rest areas after staff said they needed to be modernised and made more comfortable.

The four year makeover will see dated decor and fixed furniture replaced at all of the company's stores. Separate dining and casual seating areas will also be introduced.

The revamped Morrisons colleague rest areas will feature casual dining tables and soft informal seating areas, subsidised freshly ground coffee machines, free wi-fi, access to mobile phone charging points, and upgraded staff toilets.

Some staff kitchens will also be developed and will include an expanded range of hot and cold foods available to staff throughout their shifts.

Morrisons chief executive David Potts said: "We are a business that listens hard to colleagues and responds wherever possible. We asked our staff for their views about their stores and many commented about their restrooms saying they would like them to be more relaxing and offer a better food service. This investment will ensure they are provided with the facilities and food to help them recharge during their breaks."

In September, Morrisons announced that 90,000 store staff would receive a pay rise with hourly rates increasing from £6.83 to £8.20.