ASDA supermarket workers are in line for a back-dated pay rise following a court ruling on equal pay, writes Peter Lazenby.
General union GMB demanded yesterday for an urgent meeting with bosses at the chain to ensure the ruling is turned into cash for employees.
The employment tribunal ruled that workers in Asda supermarkets are entitled to the same pay as those in the company’s distribution centres.
Supermarket workers, who are predominantly women, brought the case against Asda on the grounds that their jobs are of equal value to those in the distribution centre where employees are mostly male, yet they are paid less.
GMB general secretary Tim Roache said: “Over the last three years GMB has repeatedly brought the issue of equal pay to the negotiating table.
“This legal ruling shows we were right to do so and that action needs to be taken immediately.”
The ruling could also benefit hundreds of thousands of women workers employed by other supermarket chains such as Tesco.