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Asda bosses give ‘find a job’ leaflets to staff who won’t sign new contract

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02 Oct 2019
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Many loyal Asda workers are going to be sacked in the run up to Christmas, says GMB Union.

Asda bosses are dishing out a leaflet on how to find a job just weeks before they sack staff who won’t sign a ‘merciless’ new contract.

The handout, described as ‘heartless’, comes as thousands of Asda workers are set to protest at more than 75 stores across the UK this week.

With just a month to go before they sack anyone who won’t sign this cruel new contract Asda see it fit to hand this leaflet out. It's heartless.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer

It offers advice on ‘finding a new job’, including using the local job centre, getting an email address and top tips for writing a CV.

Asda has told workers they must sign the so-called 'flexible' Contract 6 - which will see them lose all their paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays – or be sacked on Saturday 2 November.

Now Asda has told those who are yet to sign the contract they will not be paid for any sick leave until they do.

Asda’s latest accounts, released last week, show bosses pocketed £12million, and profits rocketed more than £92 million, while the company slashed 5,000 jobs.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said:

“With just a month to go before they sack anyone who won’t sign this cruel new contract Asda see it fit to hand this leaflet out. It's heartless.

“Many loyal Asda workers - who’ve dedicated years of their lives to the supermarket - are going to be sacked just before Christmas.

“Asda needs to show more respect to its workforce, withdraw its threat of the sack, and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.”
 

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