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Asda gives workers more time to sign new contracts before facing dismissal, "right to work"
Of Britain's big four grocers -- market leader Tesco (TSCO.L), Sainsbury's (SBRY.L), Asda, and Morrisons (MRW.L)--Walmart (WMT.N) owned Asda is the last to implement more flexible* working contracts as it seeks productivity improvements in a fiercely competitive market. All the big four grocers are continuing to lose market share to German-owned [!] discounters Aldi and Lidl, which are aggressively opening new stores.

Asda's new standardised contracts increase the base rate of pay for retail workers to 9 pounds [!] ($11.64) per hour from Nov. 3 and to 9.18 pounds [!] from April 1 2020, plus premiums [over-time rate?], while maintaining benefits including an annual bonus, share save scheme, and staff discount.

The new contracts also remove paid breaks and require employees to work across departments and on some bank holidays.

GMB | Asda delay deadline as company prepare to sack workers closer to Christmas

* "Flexible working" smells like US-Eng. "flex time" (retail JIT) scheduling, as little as 24-hour notice, and min. hr/wk depending on employment status of each hire/annum, full-time or part-time. Individual agreements instead of GMB structured contract looks like GMB has not (yet?) organized a collective bargaining unit in Asda. Because Walmart, of course.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 12:51:24 AM EST
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ayep, not organized. GMB letter to Asda Sr. VP, HR
We are writing once again to ask you to postpone the contract imposition, ensure no one faces dismissal and come back to the negotiating table with talks through ACAS.

reference
gov.uk | Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
"Acas is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy."
acas.org.uk

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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 at 01:07:45 AM EST
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Asda could face consumer backlash as it enforces new contracts
The retailer, owned by US giant Walmart, has been at the centre of a lengthy and high-profile row over the imposition of the new contracts, which it says help it remain competitive in a "challenging market".

The hashtag boycottAsda has been trending on Twitter after one employee, Duncan Carson, announced his bid to take legal action against the supermarket, which is being warned that its actions might trigger a consumer backlash in the crucial run-up to Christmas.

ACAS fail, as is the custom: 'Why I want to sue Asda over new employment contract'
"I have an appointment with my union officer on Thursday to start the process," he said.
[...]
"We are working with every individual member with a view to lodging a claim," [GMB regional officer Neil Derrick] said, which might be based on unfair dismissal, sex discrimination or potentially disability discrimination.
wut
However, Sarah Crowther, a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, noted that other retailers had made similar contract changes and that they were perfectly [?] legal. She said employees that refused to accept the changes had two potential ways to make a claim: unfair dismissal or indirect discrimination [?].
"Business needs" vs "market power": Asda To Be Sued Over New Employment Contracts...
"Whilst the frustration with the major changes is entirely understandable, it is not illegal and does not violate any of the Employment laws under the English legal system provided that proper process was followed."

o. That's new.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 10th, 2019 at 07:52:01 PM EST
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