Members of the GMB union at more than 20 Asda depots are balloting on strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions. A strike could affect supplies to about 300 stores.
“If you are a member of the union, you are almost regarded as a second class citizen,” says Giovanna Holt, a senior organiser for the GMB.
The GMB accuses Asda of trying to do away with collective bargaining in depots, and is unhappy about bonuses not being paid.
An internal management memorandum declared that any employees failing to sign up to a new “modern” agreement at the company’s depot in Washington, Tyne &Wear, should be removed from the workplace “as soon as possible”.
As a result Asda had to pay £850,000 to staff at the depot for unlawfully offering them a financial inducement to give up union rights.