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Asda bonus no substitute for proper pay rise

25 Feb 2022
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GMB has said a one-off bonus payment announced for Asda workers today is no substitute for a proper pay rise.

The supermarket has enforced a real terms pay cut on almost 150,000 predominantly women retail workers.

Now they’ve offered workers a one-off bonus of between £250 and £400

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:

“A one-off hand-out is no substitute for a proper pay rise.

“Upping a workers' wages in a genuine pay rise leads to an ongoing improvement in their standard of living and ability to weather the storm as inflation skyrockets.

“Asda must know it’s wrong to force a real terms pay cut on staff during the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades - set to get even worse following event in Ukraine.

"A one-off payment is just that - a one-off - and it's not the answer.  Engaging with GMB to negotiate for ASDA retail workers' pay, is.” 

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