GMB hails Asda equal pay judgement

24 Jan 2020
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GMB has hailed the latest Employment Tribunal judgement in the Asda equal pay case.

Independent experts visited Asda branches to compare the roles of workers on the Asda shop floor, who are mostly women, and those who work in the supermarket giant's distribution centre, who are mostly men.

The tribunal, which considered more than 20,000 pages of documents, dismissed Asda's claim that "no-one minds" if work was not done on time in the supermarket, and called the idea that there was no pressure to get the shop stocked and ready to meet customer "not plausible". 

Sue Harris, GMB Legal Director, said:

“GMB is very pleased with the judgement handed down in respect of this stage of what is a very lengthy process.

“We are proud to be supporting our members in this litigation and we will continue to do so until the fight for equal pay is won in ASDA.

“We have asked ASDA to sit down with us to reach agreement on the back pay owed to our members and to ensure they are paid equally with their comparators.

“Let’s stop clogging up the tribunals and courts with hearing after hearing and sit down collectively to try and resolve these issues.

“We want our low paid members receiving the money they deserve for the job they do, sooner rather than later.”

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