Responding to this morning’s (Friday 26 March) Supreme Court ruling that shop floor workers in ASDA can be compared to colleagues in distribution centres for the purposes of equal pay, GMB Scotland Organiser Robert Deavy said:
“The ruling opens the door to equal pay justice for thousands of ASDA workers in Scotland and it’s a massive moment.
“ASDA has fought tooth and nail for years to deny shop floor workers, predominantly women, their proper value and this is now their fourth defeat in the courts.
“The need to accept they are wrong, that over 40,000 claimants across the UK are right, and now sit down with GMB to start a process of settling the liability for their discrimination.
“It should also be a moment to reset ASDA’s historical approach to industrial relations and move towards full collective bargaining for its employees.
“Lessons need to be learned and resistance has got ASDA nowhere. After everything these workers have given this business over the last year, their voices must be heard.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Robert Deavy on 07921 289740 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.