The GMB union have issued a statement to say they will be making sure their members’ voices are heard ‘loud and clear’ as they work to minimise proposed redundancies at ASDA.
The union, which represents ASDA workers, says it is “fighting” for its members’ rights following news last week that the supermarket chain says as many as 842 workers are at risk of a pay cut or redundancy.
ASDA sees the latest cost-cutting exercise as crucial as it continues to compete against budget supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl. The proposal could mean 842 section leaders being removed from its store management teams, with thousands of other workers also affected by a wider move to cut the number of hours spent on stacking and tidying shelves at 600 supermarkets.
Gary Carter, GMB National Officer for ASDA said:
This unsettling news comes at a stressful time for colleagues, especially in the busy run up to Christmas and New Year.
GMB is representing a growing number of ASDA workers, and colleagues will be looking for our support and protection during this time of upheaval.
We will be making sure our members voices are heard loud and clear, working tirelessly to reduce and minimise any proposed redundancies. “ASDA’s future success depends on offering secure, rewarding and well paid employment.
However volatile the retail sector might be at present, GMB will be striving to protect members’ jobs and incomes.