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ASDA - Sainsbury’s Merger Blocked by the Competitions & Market Authority

As many of you will now know, this morning (Thursday 25 April) the CMA confirmed that it has blocked the ASDA – Sainsbury’s merger.

The decision is good news for GMB members. The desperate way both companies acted to try and force a merger through showed this deal was only ever about lining the pockets of the super-rich owners and not about protecting jobs and communities.

You can read our General Secretary Tim Roache’s full reaction to the CMA decision here

Our priority now is to campaign against the imposition of the new variation of ‘Contract 6’. An estimated 70,000 staff have so far refused to accept this attack on your terms and conditions.

GMB Scotland’s ‘2020 Vision’ for ASDA is an employer where GMB members are properly recognised and rewarded for the work they do while contributing towards a revitalised and profitable business.

Our priority is the defence of your interests and if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me on 07921 289740 or email robert.deavy@gmb.org.uk 

Bob Deavy

GMB Scotland Organiser

Click on the image below to download your 2020 Vision Flyer.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in ASDA - Huge GMB Win In Asda Court Of Appeal Hearing

Our priority is the defence of your interests. That's why we will always pursue justice and equality for our members.

Yesterday, Thursday 31 January, GMB celebrated a huge win after the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling that Asda store staff can compare their roles with those in the distribution centres.

The landmark judgment follows the union’s victory in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal against Asda’s attempts to block the legal claims of tens of thousands of workers.

Here's what our General Secretary, Tim Roache, has said:

“We welcome this decision, we’ll always pursue justice and equality for our members and this decision is undoubtedly the right one.

“We know we’re not all the way there, there are more hurdles to jump in this process and as always we remain ready to negotiate should Asda want to get round the table."


This ruling has put the ball back in the employer's court - Asda must listen to GMB members and our demands for equality.

If you haven’t yet lodged your claim, you can do so by contacting our legal affiliates on 0800 6893289.

Alternatively, contact us at gmbscotasda@gmb.org.uk

Bob Deavy

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB member,

GMB Scotland In ASDA – Severe Weather Grievance Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

That's why after the severe weather earlier this year which made it extremely difficult for most people to get to work, GMB Scotland lodged a regional grievance with ASDA to try and improve the company’s three options to cover the time lost.

ASDA has now agreed that this will no longer be the individual stores decision and it will be up to you to choose which of the three options works best for you. Remember, if the store manager chooses to close the store you will still be paid.

  1. That you work extra hours to cover the short fall
  2. You take annual leave to cover the days you missed work or  
  3. You lose the pay for these days

I would like thank everyone that signed the grievance petition. If you have any issues or concerns in your workplace, get in touch with GMB Scotland.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at: robert.deavy@gmb.org.uk

Robert Deavy

GMB Scotland ASDA Lead Organiser

Latest Pensions Up Date

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in ASDA – Important Pension Claim Update!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

As you know, GMB has lodged a ‘failure to agree’ with your employer over the recent imposition of changes to your pension scheme.

But ASDA’s roll back hasn’t just put members to the bottom of the UK supermarket retail pension league table, many colleagues have been relegated out of the pensions league altogether.

As a result, we’re speaking to the Unions solicitors about a potential legal claim. Here’s what we need to find out:

If you were part of the ‘Step Up’ scheme and are now unable to meet the minimum pensionable earnings threshold of £5,876, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

GMB may be able to lodge a claim for compensation on your behalf – but we need to hear from you by Friday 22 June 2018 so we can assess the potential claims.

Do contact us about this, or if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07921 289740 or email robert.deavy@gmb.org.uk

Bob Deavy

GMB Scotland Organiser

GMB Scotland Update: The Great ASDA Pensions Rollback Latest - What does it mean for you?

Make A Noise about the ASDA Pensions Rollback

ASDA wants to roll back the value of your pension by closing the existing Start-Up and Step-Up arrangements and then introducing a new Start-Up scheme for hourly colleagues. Read more and download a flyer in Additional Resources below.

Additional Resources

GMB Scotland In Asda - Asda's Proposed New Contract

download pdf2503Kb (pdf) - 22 May 2019

What You Really Need To Know

2020 Vision Block the ASDA - Sainsbury's Merger

download pdf1746Kb (pdf) - 14 March 2019

Download your campaign flyer here

ASDA Bottom Of The UK Retail Pensions League

download pdf890Kb (pdf) - 12 February 2018

Download and read the latest GMB Scotland leaflet

The Great ASDA Pensions Rollback Latest - What does it mean for you?

download pdf1231Kb (pdf) - 05 February 2018

You can download this guide to see how the ASDA pension proposals affect you

Make A Noise about the ASDA Pensions Rollback

download pdf1078Kb (pdf) - 26 January 2018

Download GMB Scotlands ASDA Rollback Flyer

GMB Scotland ASDA Newsletter December 2017

download pdf848Kb (pdf) - 21 December 2017

Download the latest GMB Scotland ASDA Newsletter