ASDA staff deserve better

Changes to staff contracts at Asda will result in 3,000 employees across the UK facing a pay cut, says MP Angela Crawley.

Asda are proposing to move all hourly-paid retail staff onto new contracts that will see them earn a higher basic pay but lose their entitlement to paid breaks.

It will also shorten night shift hours from 22:00 – 06:00 to 00:00 – 05:00.

Asda is a major employer in Angela’s constituency, with a flagship store in Hamilton and another in Larkhall.

In light of the news, Angela has written Asda’s Chief Executive setting out her concerns with the proposed changes and asking him to engage constructively with the GMB trade union.

Commenting, Angela said: “I was disappointed to learn of the contracts proposed by Asda for their hard-working staff, many of whom are already on low incomes.

“Offering a deal which could represent a pay cut to 3,000 workers is unacceptable and disregards the loyalty and commitment shown by many longstanding Asda employees.

“As well as a real term cut in wages, the forced introduction of ‘flexible working’ will punish the women dominated workforce in Asda retail, many of whom have caring responsibilities and families which cannot be flexible. 

“With a flagship store in Hamilton town centre and another in Larkhall, Asda is a major employer in my constituency.

“Thousands of families across Scotland are already struggling to make ends meet and any changes imposed by employers that will reduce staff’s take-home pay will only worsen this situation.

“That is why I have written to Asda’s Chief Executive, Roger Burnley, urging him to reconsider the proposals and ensure no Asda employee receives a pay cut under the new deal.”