Shoppers boycott Asda over staff contract dispute

Asda shoppers have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #boycottasda in reaction to the employment termination of a staff member who'd worked for the grocer for over a decade.
Asda has been at the centre of controversy since drawing up its new "flexible" contracts.

Asda shoppers have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #boycottasda in reaction to the employment termination of a staff member who’d worked for the grocer for over a decade.

The employee in question, Duncan Carson, said he was “sacked” for refusing to sign the controversial new staff contract for which Asda is currently marred in controversy.

Asda had extended the deadline for staff to sign its new contract to this weekend, but Carson still took to Twitter to announce he’d been sacked after 13 years at the business.

Asda has denied that the contract would make employees “work whatever days”.

Nonetheless, Carson’s tweet went viral, attracting more than 11,0000 retweets and 20,000 likes at the time of writing.

Carson followed up with a tweet that revealed some of the new contract terms:

GMB, the union which represents Asda staff, said last week that up to 12,000 staff would not agree to the new contract and therefore were at risk of being sacked.

However, Asda insisted that figure was “unsubstantiated” and said on Friday that less than 1000 people had not yet signed.

The grocer also announced last week it would raise its hourly pay rate for supermarket staff by 18p next year.

“The overwhelming majority of our colleagues from across all our stores have signed onto the new contracts and while we appreciate that some of our colleagues find the changes more unsettling, we do not want any of them to leave,” an Asda spokesperson said last week.

“We understand colleagues have commitments outside of work and will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.”

Carson’s viral tweet inspired the hashtag #boycottasda, with shoppers tweeting in outrage at the news.

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  1. Absolutely.I havent shopped at ASDA for over a month since this surfaced.This can happen to any of us.This B.S they come out with”we must serve our customers needs”Even though we customers are happy with the way things are.I always wonder,have ANY “customers” actually written to ASDA asking them to **** up their workers lives?I doubt it.
    This is management,trying to somehow claw back all the rights and benefits we have strove to obtain over 100 years of union struggles.
    RESIST,RESIST,STRIKE,STRIKE,at any opportunity.

  2. Most supermarkets are like this now ,I work for Sainsburys and we had our contracts changed to suit the company .The unions don’t seem to have any power to stop them .I had to sign a new contract because I couldn’t afford to be out of a job.

    • I’m a night shift colleague at asda.we have lost 3 premium pay hours. It’s ridiculous. 10pm 6am is our shift. 12 midnight to 5am is the new night window. I feel robbed.

  3. This is the reality of fighting against Lidl and Aldi.
    If Asda is to survive another ten years it needs to reduce cost. Why do you think walmat wanted to merge Asda with Sainsbury’s?
    Adapt or die.


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