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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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