A FALL-OUT between employment agency Exel and its partner 24/7 has resulted in 150 job cuts in Monmouthshire.

Shocked workers received the news last Friday at Tesco's distribution centres in Chepstow and Magor.

The partnership between 24/7 and Exel was responsible for providing the supermarket giant with a wide range of warehousing and driving staff.

One of the dismissed workers spoke to the Argus. Requesting that we withheld his name, he said: "I was asked to go in on Friday but when I got there I was told I was no longer required and ordered to pack my things and leave. All the supervisors were also told to go. "We're being replaced by workers from Poland and Russia."

The caller lives in the Forest of Dean and has worked at Tesco's Chepstow distribution site for about two months.

"Some people have been working here for two years and it has come as a big shock," he said. "As recently as last Wednesday, Tesco told us it was very happy with the contract."

Exel is retained by Tesco on a national level to offer warehousing and distribution services. Exel confirmed it had severed its links with 24/7.