November 6 the day predominantly male distribution workforce will have already earned what the predominantly female retail workforce will take home in a year. 

More than 100,000 Asda retail workers will work ‘for free’ from today when compared with their colleagues in depots, GMB Union has said. 

November 6, dubbed ‘Asda Equal Pay Day’ by the union, is the day the predominantly male workforce in distribution will have already earned what the predominantly female retail workforce will take home for the entire year [1]. 

This means retail staff face 39 working days before Christmas where they will effectively be paid nothing, compared to their distribution colleagues. 

Asda is currently facing the largest ever private sector equal pay claim, with approximately 50,000 current and former workers suing the company. 

A landmark hearing takes place in September which will have huge implications across the entire retail sector.  

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said: 

“It’s scandalous that up to 100,000 Asda retail workers will essentially be grafting for free for the rest of the year. 

“The entire retail sector has been built on the structural undervaluing of women's work - but GMB members are changing this with their historic fight for equal pay in Asda. 

“Asda can afford to pay its women workers what they are owed; the cost of settling the equal pay claims is about £2.1 billion – exact same value as the £2.1 billion dividend declared by Asda Group Limited in 2022.  

“Instead of taking money out of ASDA it is time for the owners - TDR Capital and the Issa Brothers -  to get round the table and pay women workers their due 


Media enquiries: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

[1] Based on the latest Asda pay information, averaged this across the different depots and stores, the pay difference is 14.77%. 

When mapped onto an assumption that a year has 260 working days, that gives an Asda equal pay day of 6 November .



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