Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1059/29674

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 October 2019

Asda workers protest callous bosses

GMB union members protest outside Asda in South Shields, photo Elaine Brunskill

GMB union members protest outside Asda in South Shields, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Ryan Aldred, secretary, Plymouth and district general branch, Usdaw shopworkers' union

Workers organised with the GMB union protested outside more than 75 Asda stores across the UK on Thursday 3 October. Bosses have said they will fire anyone who doesn't sign up to 'Contract 6' by 2 November.

This contract demands more flexibility from Asda workers while stripping them of overtime pay, slashing night shift pay, and cutting holiday entitlement and paid breaks. In short - work at the bosses' whim and get less for it.

In a particularly callous move, bosses at Asda have begun issuing leaflets with advice on how to find a new job to staff who have yet to sign up to these controversial contracts.

Some of these workers have as many as 35-40 years service with Asda and find these leaflets utterly galling. They're forced to choose between worse conditions or be out of a job before Christmas.

While slashing 5,000 jobs, Asda have reported profits rocketing by 92 million to almost 805 million according to the GMB. Clearly, cutting terms and conditions is a naked attempt to line the pockets of the shareholders by picking the pockets of workers.

Sarah Green, a rep protesting on Thursday said "they put us in roles we're not trained in. They've cut us back to a skeleton crew, yet they still expect us to get everything done. Shelves often go empty because staff don't have time to restock them. Customers get angry and take out their frustrations on us which just adds to the stress of it all. A number of staff, including myself, have been off sick with stress."

Piling on the pressure, Asda bosses have even said staff will not be paid for any sick leave until they sign up to the new contracts.

Money

As one protesting worker remarked: "They can find money to put on extra security staff today while we're protesting, but they can't find money for workers who have been with the company for years and years."

They can also find 12 million to pay company directors, up 22% from 9.4 million last year. How did those poor directors make it through last year!

The GMB have called for another protest outside Asda's head office in Leeds on 16 October. But workers are looking for the union to take a more decisive lead. Many are willing the union to ballot for strike action.

The bosses have already taken the gloves off. The union needs to do the same if it's to snatch a victory from what could otherwise go down as a painful defeat for workers.

If money is the only thing these bosses understand, what better way to send them a message than by shutting down their stores with a serious programme of sustained strike action.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 October 2019:


What we think

Brexit theatrics continue

Syria: Trump gives green light to Turkey to attack Kurds


News

Cutting, lying Tories - kick them out!

Asda workers protest callous bosses

Cynical Tories' domestic violence bill not enough


Labour and workers' rights

Corbyn promises 'power in the hands of workers' - how can Labour do it?

Labour and the fight for a shorter working week


Obituary

Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019


Workplace news

BEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

Vote yes to Royal Mail strike action to take on the bullying bosses

Birmingham HS2 protest against bosses' attacks on trade union organisation

Attacks on Caerphilly waste management workers

Equity manifesto lays out anti-austerity model for arts

Vote for socialist fighter Jared Wood in RMT elections

Sainsbury's strikers win

Unison's retired members reflect growing anger

Lincolnshire health visitors strike


Chinese revolution

Chinese revolution of 1944-49: 'The second greatest event in human history'


International socialist news and analysis

Trump, impeachment and the need for an independent workers' party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Socialism: The alternative to capitalist austerity, low pay and crisis

Best way to fight back? Join the Socialist Party

Socialism 2019: why I'm going... and why you should too!

Waltham Forest: mobilisation needed to defend abortion rights

Huge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

'The little people can win' - Leeds tenants push back demolition

Selling the Socialist

York freshers success


Reviews

Book review: She Said - Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Film review: Joker - Sympathising with a monster created by today's incendiary conditions


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 October 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Asda:

triangleAsda contracts: Vital that GMB mobilises for industrial action

triangleAsda protests

triangleAsda workers protest against worse contract

triangleWhat strategy can end the retail jobs massacre?

triangleLeicester Socialist Party: Retail Fightback

Workers:

triangleBolivia: Right-wing coup ousts Morales

triangleReaders' opinion: Twitter's banning of political ads threatens workers' voice

triangleWe saved Chatsworth Ward - two years on

triangleDetermined to resist bosses' attacks

Protest:

triangleSwansea: students protest against Hillary Clinton hypocrisy

triangleBarking: protest brings pledge to remove dangerous decking

triangleStrike, Protest, Vote - to Kick the Tories out

Union:

triangleUCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

triangleTrade union conference to force secret police disclosure

US:

triangleAmazon bosses defeated in Seattle - Kshama Sawant reelected

GMB:

triangleFrimley NHS Trust: Strikers remain determined to defeat privatisation

Plymouth:

trianglePlymouth posties deliver defiant message to bullying bosses

Usdaw:

triangleIncompetent bosses use tech to bully us

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

20/11/19

Violence against women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

20/11/19

Wages

Wages flatline, while shareholders profit

20/11/19

Internet

Broadband: privatisation has failed to deliver, time for a socialist plan

20/11/19

NHS

Save the NHS: kick out the Tories

20/11/19

Flooding

Major funding for flood risk management needed

13/11/19

CWU

High Court injunction: solidarity to the CWU - support the posties!

13/11/19

Education

Save education - Kick out the Tories

13/11/19

Green Party

Green Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

13/11/19

General election

Strike, Protest, Vote - to Kick the Tories out

13/11/19

NHS

NHS in critical condition

13/11/19

Labour Party

Labour MP targeted by right wing stands as independent

13/11/19

General election

Attacks show elite fear a Corbyn election win

6/11/19

Election

Tories out! Corbyn in with anti-austerity and socialist policies

6/11/19

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell fire inquiry spin deflects blame from establishment

6/11/19

General election

General election 2019 round-up

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999