Asda maintains threat of sacking staff over new contract dispute

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Asda maintains threat of sacking employees over new contract dispute
// Asda maintains threat of dismissal as new contract deadline looms despite union concerns
// The Big 4 grocer wants shopfloor staff to agree to new terms under Contract 6
// Asda said the “overwhelming majority” of employees have already signed

Asda has refused to remove the threat of a sack that could affect thousands of employees this week if they fail to sign the grocer’s new contract deal by the deadline.

According to Retail Week, the Big 4 grocer is still pushing ahead with wanting shopfloor staff to agree to new terms under the deal, known as Contract 6.

The deadline has been set as November 2.


READ MORE: Asda denies reports of 12,000 staff facing sack for not signing new contract


The GMB union has accused the Big 4 grocer of “bullying” and said some of the terms on the new contract include the removal of paid breaks and shorter night shifts, as well as the basic hourly rate of pay to £9.

The GMB also alleged that up to 12,000 employees could be affected if they don’t sign the new contract, but Asda has previously refuted this, saying that that number is exaggerated and an “unsubstantiated speculation”.

Asda had launched a consultation process with staff for the new contract, with around 60,000 staff back in May.

The grocer said that since then, the njew contract has already received the support of the “overwhelming majority” of staff and insisted that more were signing the contract every day as a result of their ongoing consultation.

Asda argued that 95 per cent of staff would be better off as a result of the updated contract, which was aimed at increasing the take-home pay of more than 100,000 employees through an investment of more than £80 million and ensuring that everyone doing the same job is on the same terms and conditions.

An Asda spokesperson told Retail Gazette:

“Whilst we respect the right of the GMB to express its views, the comments around Asda colleagues being sacked due to commitments outside work are untrue.

“This change represents an investment of over £80m and an increase in real pay for over 100,000 of our hourly paid colleagues.

“Throughout the consultation process on these changes we have taken colleague concerns and feedback from colleague representatives – including the GMB – on board and have been clear that we understand our colleagues have responsibilities outside of work and we will always help them balance these with their work life.

“We have been clear that we don’t want any of our colleagues to leave us and whilst the vast majority of colleagues have chosen to sign the new contract, we continue to have conversations with those who have chosen not to, to try and understand their concerns.

“It is vital that we make sure we are prepared to adapt to the demands of our market. Change is never easy, but we are determined that Asda remains a sustainable business for its customers and colleagues – now and in the future.”

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11 COMMENTS

  1. if you look after your staff they will look after your customers! if you treat staff badly why should they treat your customers well and care about you business?

  2. This contract stress gave my mum a brain hemorrhage in 2 places. She is recovering at the moment but ASDA will still not give extra time before signing her life away. Staff lose so much with this contract. The reason most people have signed the contract is that they didn’t know they could object at first and they need to put food on the table. It’s atrocious people have died from the stress this has caused, yet they still push on at the expense of their staff, customers, image etc… I hope they realise all the penny pinching and breaking staff morale will take its toll

  3. WONT BE SIGNING AT ALL LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB AND HOPE THE UNION , WITH LEGAL ADVICE .CAN FOLLOW ASDA UP AND SHOW THEM WHAT THEY WILL MISS AFTER 12 YEARS OF COMMITMENT

  4. We were bullied into signing.
    When C6 first came out, very few signed up and we were told that’d be okay, then told if people didn’t sign up for it, it would be made compulsory. Then they did this.
    Night shift lose out the most, we lose our second break, and if we want a bank holiday off, we have to put in a holiday for it.

  5. Absolute rubbish.
    I have tried repeatedly to meet management to discuss my concerns.
    We were told at the end of the one to ones that frequent contact and support would be there. NOT ONE CONVERSATION has happened.
    Had a lady who has worked for asda for 23 years be told don’t bother coming back if she doesn’t sign.
    These media comments are incorrect.

  6. I was bullying in to the contract 6 to sign it by a manager at Nuneaton store at the same time its push and push to get it done at the same time staff on days get it easy and when there come in all there do is milk get piss off with it. I’ve been with asda 24 years

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