Asda is under pressure to raise employee pay after several retailers announced pay increases.
Union bosses say the company, which is owned by US retail giant Walmart, needs to do more to help its staff – known as colleagues – during the current cost-of-living crisis.
The GMB Union has slammed the Big Four supermarket for being the “worst paying” of the four, claiming that “bosses need to wake up.”
The basic hourly rate of pay in Tesco stores will rise by 20p to £10.30 (or £10.98 in London) on November 13th, for a total pay increase of 8 percent this year.
Tesco has also frozen prices on over 1,000 products.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Aldi have all recently raised wages to help employees cope with the cost-of-living crisis.
Asda retail workers’ hourly wage remains at £10.10.
GMB said Asda has canceled a driver premium payment which was meant to last until December, “leaving Asda delivery drivers at an industry low”.
GMB national officer, Nadine Houghton said: “It should be a source of massive shame for Asda they are now the worst paying of the big four. Only last week Asda refused a meeting with GMB representatives to discuss the important issue of pay.
“While other companies are trying to protect hard-working employees from the cost-of-living crisis, Asda seems happy to sit back while its workers struggle.
“It’s time for Asda’s new owners to focus on investing in staff, instead of further debt-leveraging Asda to expand their empire.”
Source: Retail Gazette