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UK – Asda workers stage protests against new work contracts (The Guardian)

18 September 2019

Workers from UK-based supermarket retailer Asda have staged protests at stores across the country against a new “flexible” contract they say will leave about 3,000 shop-floor staff worse off, reports The Guardian. The new contracts, ‘Contract Six’, will see workers no longer paid for any breaks and forced to work bank holidays in return for £9.00 per hour pay rates. The GMB union said members would face the sack on 2 November 2019 if they did not sign the contract.  The supermarket chain, which is owned by the American retailer Walmart, said the overwhelming majority of its staff had signed the contract but appreciated some employees found the changes “unsettling”. An Asda spokeswoman said the contract was about “increasing the take-home pay of more than 100,000 retail colleagues” and ensuring everyone doing the same job was on the same terms and conditions. She said: “We understand colleagues have commitments outside of work and will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.”

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