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Asda criticised over plan to axe paid breaks

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Union bosses has hit out over Asda’s plans to change employee contracts to boost pay, but slash paid breaks.

The move will simplify terms for hourly paid workers, as the supermarket will remove six different contract types and replace them with just one.

Retail employees will be paid the basic hourly rate of £9 per hour, bonuses and benefits, sharesave, pensions and college discounts will all remain.

The GMB Union called for Asda to negotiate contracts.

Gary Carter, GMB national officer said, “These contract changes will affect nearly 60,000 members of staff, they cannot just be imposed from the top.

“We expect Asda to negotiate. If they want to roll out the new contract, they must listen to employees and sit down with GMB to discuss beneficial improvements to terms and conditions which have the support of the workforce.”

Anthony Hemmerdinger, Asda’s senior vice president for operations, said: “As our customers continue to change the way they shop with us, we also have to be prepared to change to meet their needs and a key part of delivering great service is having the right colleagues in the right place at the right time, which is what this contract aims to achieve.”




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