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With such concern amongst local Asda workers about the controversial new contract, interesting to see that the TUC Annual Congress in Brighton passed this motion unanimously on September 11. If they don’t sign the new contract, Asda workers will be sacked on Saturday 2 November, in the run-up to Christmas.
—Bay Life, 12 September 2019

Loyal Asda workers are ‘instructed to keep smiling while being threatened with the sack’, TUC’s annual Congress was told in Brighton today (11 September).

The body – hundreds of delegates representing 5.6 million union members – unanimously told the supermarket to ‘respect your workers’ as it passed a motion today.

Asda has told employees they must sign the so-called ‘flexible’ Contract 6 which means they will no longer be paid for any breaks and be forced to work bank holidays and weekends.

If they don’t sign, they will be sacked on Saturday 2 November, in the run-up to Christmas.

Many GMB members have now been left with a choice – stop being able to look after their vulnerable relatives or lose their job.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“There’s an Asda store in nearly every town and city in England, Wales and Scotland.

“In every one of those there are women and men wearing the Asda uniform who keep smiling as instructed – all the while being threatened with the sack in just a matter of weeks.

Asda should look after its customers in the best way possible – by looking after its own loyal and hardworking staff. It’s time for Asda to respect its workers.