Asda warehouse staff indicate strong support for strike

Asda warehouse staff show support for prospective strike
Asda warehouse staff show support for prospective strike
// Some 95% of the 8,000 Asda warehouse staff that took part in the consultative ballot by the GMB gave their support for a strike over a cut to sick pay
// Asda has proposed a new pay deal in which staff lose the first three days and the last 13 to 26 weeks of sick pay

An overwhelming majority of Asda warehouse workers have indicated they would be prepared to strike over a new pay deal that would see staff lose sick pay entitlement.

Some 95% of the 8,000 drivers, warehouse and clerical staff balloted by the GMB in the consultative vote said they would be willing to take industrial action over the issue.

The union said that Asda was trying to force through a pay deal that would see workers lose sick pay entitlement, including the first three days and the last 13 to 26 weeks of sick pay.


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The GMB said this amounted to a “real terms pay cut”.

GMB national officer Nadine Houghton said: “This ballot result show how angry Asda workers are.

“They’re being asked to swallow a real terms pay cut while Asda’s top brass give themselves a hefty pay rise. 

“There’s no way these keyworkers should be forced into self-funding their own pay rise via cuts to their sick pay.”

The GMB will now meet with members to discuss next steps. 

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