The team from GMB were outside an Asda store on Chaucer Road in Sheffield today as part of a National Day of Action, to show support for Asda workers and to raise awareness with shoppers and the public of the current equal pay dispute with the giant retailer.
Women workers at Asda are currently fighting a lengthy court battle to win equal pay; retail workers are demanding equal pay to Asda distribution workers.
Today’s action comes the day after Asda was ranked bottom of Oxfam’s supermarket ethical scorecard as the worst paying of the ‘big four’ of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda.
GMB has called on Asda to bring forward their pay award for next year to bring them in line with other retailers and help their staff by paying them £10.06 not the £9.66 they've just been awarded.
Sarah Barnes, GMB Organiser, said: “The pay increase Asda made this year was well below the rate of inflation meaning that some Asda workers have been forced to use food banks and are worried about paying their bills.
GMB is supporting Asda's retail workers to bring equal pay claims against Asda.
“GMB believes that Asda is not adhering to equal pay law and is paying women working in retail between £1.50 - £3.00 per hour less than men working in distribution depots.
“We’re asking shoppers to show their support for our members by wearing one of our stickers or badges in store when they get their shopping.”