AROUND 500 Sainsbury's workers marched on the supermarket headquarters in London on Monday to demand a halt to a pay freeze. A two-tier system started last year when new contracts were offered in exchange for staff giving up overtime and shift premiums. Many long-serving staff who did not accept the "voluntary" contracts ended up with their pay frozen.
That is why the TGWU union called the protest. Jane Hampson from the Kingsway store in Derby told Socialist Worker, "As a single parent I can't change my hours to suit the business so I'm not going to get a pay rise and I will lose all my premiums." Alex Newby, also from Derby, added, "Ten percent of our store came today."
John Goodall said, "The parasites at the top are happy to pay off directors when they make a mess of the company. But they won't give us a couple of hundred pay rise when I've worked here for 13 years."
The march was lively with lots of whistles and homemade placards plus plenty of booing when they marched past a Sainsbury store. Delegations included York, Derby, Liverpool, Kent and Preston.