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Asda staff revolt over enforced contract change for 60,000 workers

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01 May 2019
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Asda staff are in revolt over the proposed imposition of a new 'flexible' contract with calls for the company to roll back from the plan in the wake of Sainsbury’s failed takeover.
 
A new survey published by GMB, the union for Asda workers, reveals more than 9 in 10 staff (92%) oppose plans to impose ‘Contract 6’ -  which would see workers no longer paid for any breaks and forced to work bank holidays in return for £9.00 per hour pay rates.

The contract had previously been voluntary for staff.

Asda must now listen to the strength of feeling and roll back from its attempts to impose these changes - in the face of opposition from this loyal and dedicated workforce. Contract 6 should not be imposed but remain totally voluntary.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer

More than 8,500 Asda workers completed the GMB survey, with the low hourly rate of pay, forced Bank Holiday working and lack of flexible working protection highest on the list of staff’s concerns with the supermarket giant’s proposals.
 
With Asda’s consultation period due to close on Thursday 23 May, GMB Asda representatives from across the country will visit the company’s Leeds Headquarters at 12 noon today to present the company with its alternative proposals:

Asda House, Southbank, Great Wilson St, Leeds LS11 5AD
 

Asda


The union’s proposals include calling on ASDA to uplift shop workers’ pay in line with distribution centre pay within three years, retain anti-social hours pay rates for night working, and giving staff choice around Bank Holiday and festive working.
 
The union called on Asda to abandon plans to impose the new contract and to enter meaningful discussions about improving pay and protection for staff.
 
Gary Carter, GMB National Officer for Asda said:
 
“Asda must now listen to the strength of feeling and roll back from its attempts to impose these changes - in the face of opposition from this loyal and dedicated workforce.

"Contract 6 should not be imposed but remain totally voluntary.

It’s time for Asda to move on in the wake of Sainsbury’s collapsed takeover, and to enter meaningful discussions about giving stability and security to the staff who work day in, day out to make the company profitable.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer

“The company needs to realise that flexibility is a two way street and start a proper conversation about boosting pay and protection for workers.
 
“It’s time for Asda to move on in the wake of Sainsbury’s collapsed takeover, and to enter meaningful discussions about giving stability and security to the staff who work day in, day out to make the company profitable.
 
“Asda can and should do better by its workers.”

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