More than 135,000 Asda staff offered pay rise in exchange for dumping perks – including paid breaks

Supermarket giant Asda has announced a big pay rise for staff in exchange for ditching certain perks.

The chain is offering to increase the basic pay for workers, who are currently on £7.44 an hour, to £8.50 an hour from October this year.

They will have to sign a new contract to get the rise.

However, that also means agreeing to a number of big changes.

Asda store
Asda says staff don’t have to sign new contract
(Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

For example, it means they could be asked to work in different parts of their store, or work different days or hours “depending on when customers shop in their store most.”

Staff who get Bank Holidays off at the moment will also have to agree to work them if necessary.

There are also changes to the night shift hours.

And workers who currently get paid breaks will no longer do so in future.

Asda claims that 95% of its 135,000 strong workforce will be better off by adopting the new deal.

However, that still means more than 6,000 will either be no better off, or out of pocket.

Asda said it was trying to reduce the number of different contracts in use.

However, it stressed that staff unhappy with the new contract would not be forced to sign it.

Asda Supermarket
Asda checkout staff could be asked to work in other areas as part of a shakeup
(Photo: Alamy)

Hayley Tatum, Asda’s senior vice president for people, said: “Our current employment contracts have evolved over decades.

“They mean we have different colleagues on different terms and they don’t give our colleagues the level of flexibility our customers need to meet their changing needs.

“Our customers shop in different ways at different times and they expect us to deliver them the same great level of service whenever they visit us.

“This new contract offer is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our colleagues and we hope that as many colleagues as possible choose to accept it.”

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