Asda workers meet Rachel Reeves to discuss wage errors

13 Jun 2022
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Angry Asda workers met Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves today after GMB revealed more than 6 in 10 surveyed members had been paid incorrectly in their last pay cheque. 

Staff from Asda’s retail and distribution arms met the MP for Leeds West at GMB’s annual Congress, which takes place in Harrogate tbis week. 

A GMB survey of thousands of Asda workers shows: 

  • 60% borrowing from friends 

  • 24% relying on bank credit 

  • 7.6% turning to high interest rate payday lenders 

  • Nearly 1 in 5 (19.5%) said their credit rating had been affected 

  • 62.5% said wage errors had negative impacts on their mental health 

  • 7.7% reported impacts on benefits.  

GMB has engaged in good faith discussions with Asda to help bring a resolution to this issue but is concerned Asda will not go far enough, quickly enough to protect its workers during the cost-of-living crisis. 

Rachel Reeves, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:  

“Supermarket's workforces have done so much to keep Britain running - not just during the pandemic, when they went above and beyond - but each and every day.  

“These key workers are vital to our everyday economy, and we must make sure they're properly valued and get the recognition and respect they deserve." 

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:  

“GMB members work hard to keep Asda stores and depots running. What they are asking for is remarkably simple and something that every worker should have; to be paid correctly and on time for the hours they have worked.  

“These are recurring problems at Asda and Asda understands they have a huge issue to resolve here. 

“We are working with them to get this resolved for our members and hope to see concrete actions soon. 

“It cannot be right that workers are having universal credit stopped or turning to pay day lenders because their employer can’t pay them properly.  

“A fair day’s pay for a fair day's work is all we are asking for.” 

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