Angry Asda Workers to Take Part in Demonstration Outside Company’s Headquarters in Leeds
Hundreds of Asda employees are taking park in another demonstration today (16th November) outside the company’s headquarters in Leeds.
The march is to protest a controversial contract called ‘Contract 6’. The contract stops the use of paid breaks and will make staff to work at £9 on bank holidays. Employees have also been told that if they do not sign the contract by 2nd November, they will be dismissed.
Road closures in Leeds city centre will be in place.
A GMB Union National Officer said: “Asda workers know everyone is backing them – from film and TV stars to political heavyweights and the hundreds heading to Leeds to protest this week. Everyone but Asda bosses basically.
“This new contract, with the contractual changes it brings, is forcing workers to choose between looking after their disabled son, elderly mother or vulnerable partner and losing their job – it’s just not right.
“We’re calling on Asda to respect its workforce and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.”
In response, an Asda spokesperson said: "This contract is an investment of more than £80m and increases real pay for over 100,000 colleagues in return for a level of flexibility that ensures we are able to adapt to the demands of the highly competitive retail industry.
"As a result, the overwhelming majority of colleagues have signed to this contract.
“We understand that change is never easy, but we are determined that Asda remains a sustainable business for its customers and colleagues – now and in the future.”
"We have consulted extensively with our colleagues, the GMB and our own national colleague representatives to discuss their concerns and to give reassurances that we will always help them to balance their responsibilities outside of work.