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Angry Asda workers in Plymouth 'face the sack by Christmas' if they do not sign new contract

Workers at Asda in Plymouth staged a protest today against the terms of a new contract.

Staff claim they are being threatened with the sack unless they agree to the revised conditions, which they say removes pay for holidays and tea breaks.

But the supermarket giant insists the changes will leave most people better off.

There's a lot of anger, resentment, disappointment in the company. They're selling us down the line. A lot of people are having to sign this contract because there's no job at the end of it for them.

– Brian Kidd, Plymouth Asda worker
Brian Kidd says staff are angry and disappointed. Credit: ITV News

Our members are angry. Workers who have given years or loyal service are being told ‘sign this brutal contract or get the sack in time for Christmas. By forcing people to sign this contract, Asda are making people choose between their families or their jobs. We’re calling on Asda to respect its workforce and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.

– Gary Carter, GMB union
Workers say they are being 'forced' to sign up to the new contract. Credit: ITV News

The retail sector is immensely competitive and it is important that we are able to serve our customers in the best way to meet their needs. This contract is about increasing the take-home pay of more than 100,000 retail colleagues, through an investment of more than £80m, and ensuring that everyone doing the same job is on the same terms and conditions. The overwhelming majority of our colleagues from across all our stores, including Plymouth, have signed onto the new contracts and while we appreciate that some of our colleagues find the changes more unsettling, we do not want any of them to leave. We understand colleagues have commitments outside of work and will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.

– Asda spokesman
Asda says it values employees and does not want anyone to leave. Credit: ITV News

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