Almost 150,000 Asda workers forced to accept below average pay, says GMB union

GMB says supermarket giant Asda is forcing almost 150,000 retail workers to accept pay well below the industry average. 
// GMB union says Asda’s workers will be paid below the industry average
// Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s all pay their staff on average more than £10 an hour

Union GMB has claimed that Asda is forcing almost 150,000 retail workers to accept pay well below the industry average, at a time of soaring costs of living and food price increases.

The union said the grocer had “imposed” a below-inflation pay increase of just 3.25% on workers, meaning they will earn just £9.66 per hour from April.

Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s all pay their staff on average more than £10 an hour while Tesco announced a 2.7% increase for its staff hourly rates last year, which saw their pay increase from £9.30 to £9.55 an hour.


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Asda has strongly denied claims it is forcing its staff to resort to using food banks and payday lenders, after it awarded a 7.35% pay rise, to be spread over the next two years.

Today’s claim from GMB adds to controversy over pay at the company, with 8,000 distribution and clerical staff currently being balloted on a pay offers ranging from 4.98% to 7.53%.

The GMB has said it would have “no choice” but to ballot workers on strike action if the deal was not accepted.

Workers have until next week to accept the offer.

“We value the great job our store colleagues do serving customers every day and reflecting this we are increasing their hourly pay rates by 7.35% over the next two years,” said an Asda spokesman.

“Our hourly rates will rise to £9.66 in April and to £10.06 in April 2023. We remain the only supermarket to pay all store colleagues a bonus, worth several hundred pounds a year on average, as part of a comprehensive benefits package.”

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said: “Asda bosses are forcing retail workers to accept pay well below the industry average. Most other supermarkets pay more than £10 an hour – Asda workers are looking at just £9.66 from April.”

“The worst cost of living crisis in decades has seen them forced to use payday lenders and foodbanks while their mental health suffers. Asda bosses should do better by their hardworking staff who kept the country fed throughout the pandemic.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Stop.moaning, at least you have a job.there are people out there who have nothing and are struggling to feed their families and keep warm

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