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Asda threatening workers with sack if they don’t sign new contracts

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05 Aug 2019
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Asda are said to be threatening tens of thousands of workers with the sack if they don’t sign ‘punishing’ new contracts.

The so-called 'flexible' Contract 6 will 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 – but members now say they are being told they will lose their jobs if they don’t sign up.

Our hard-working members are telling us they are being forced into signing these new contracts for fear of not being able to pay the bills or put food on the table for their kids. It's sapping away morale and heaping misery on our members.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer

In a recent consultative ballot, 93% of respondents told GMB that they did not agree with the contract changes which were being forced on them.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said:

“It’s a total outrage Asda bosses are threatening staff with the sack if they don’t agree to this flawed contract. Shoppers will be horrified to learn of what is going on behind the scenes.

"Our hard-working members are telling us they are being forced into signing these new contracts for fear of not being able to pay the bills or put food on the table for their kids. It's sapping away morale and heaping misery on our members.

"Instead of strong arm tactics, Asda needs to show some respect and listen to the workers whose hard work make the company's profits. The Asda workforce deserve a better deal and the company should get round the table with us and agree changes that would help both our members and the business thrive."

“Asda is a multi-billion pound company, it doesn’t need to bully staff out of their hard won terms and conditions.”

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