Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Asda give us a Post Brexit example of Workers rights and conditions.

It seems that we may well be seeing the future for Employment Law after a No Deal. Part of the Right Wing Brexiters hatred of the European is its social policy and when it comes to UK legislation to protect workers rights , they are wetting themselves with the prospect to take us back to  19th century conditions.

The Daily Mirror tells us
housands of Asda workers are set to protest over a wave of new contract changes that could leave many employees worse off.
Staff will stage protests on 14 August, over the grocer's so-called 'flexible' Contract 6, which is being enforced across the board.
The contract has previously been voluntary for staff – however GMB union members now say they are being forced into signing the new deal.
Under the terms, bank holidays will made compulsory while paid breaks will be scrapped in exchange for a new £9 an hour basic rate.
However, according to documents seen by the Daily Record, Asda is now threatening to terminate the employment of those who turn down the revised terms.
A Q&A leaflet being handed to workers outlines plans to let go of staff who refuse to consent to the new terms.
It states: “You will have a number of 121s with your manager. As part of the 121 process, we hope you agree to move to the new contract.
"If you still don’t want to sign up to the new contract after those 121s, at that stage, we would issue notice to terminate your employment on your existing terms and conditions.
“We will offer to re-engage you on the new terms. If you choose not to accept the new terms, you would leave the business.”
Union GMB described the move as ‘punitive’ on workers that face losing out on hundreds of pounds a result.
“We're calling on Asda to come back to the negotiating table and give this dedicated workforce a fair deal," a statement said.
It said a recent consultative ballot found 93% of union members disagreed with the contract changes that are being enforced.
"We're calling on Asda to come back to the negotiating table and give this dedicated workforce a fair deal," Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said.
“This demonstration will send a loud and clear message to Asda that however much pressure management has put on staff to sign, workers believe contract 6 is still not good enough.
“Asda is a multi-billion pound, highly profitable company - it can afford to treat staff better than this.
“The new contract cuts holiday entitlement, slashes bank holiday and night shift pay, and introduces an any time, any place, anywhere culture which risks a hugely damaging impact on the predominately part time, low paid, female workforce, who need flexibility that works for them."
Back in April, Asda revealed it had entered a consultation process with colleagues over new contract changes.
At the time, it said around 50,000 shop floor workers were already on it.
The grocer admitted around 5% of workers would be worse off under the changes but said 'transitional payments' would be in place for these colleagues for up to 18 months.
Speaking on the proposed changes on Monday, an Asda spokesman told Mirror Money all workers will see their basic pay rise to £9 an hour under the new contracts.
It added that while bank holidays will be made compulsory, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day will remain voluntary and paid at double time.
This new contract will see Asda invest in a pay increase for over 100,000 retail colleagues, as well as enabling us to deliver better service to our customers in an intensely competitive marketplace," a statement explained.
"We are continuing to talk to our colleagues about this change and to understand what it might mean for their individual circumstances.”
The move follows big four rival Sainsbury's which last year made the decision to axe paid breaks across the board - leaving 9,000 workers £3,000 worse off.

This is worth looking at. 

6 creepy things Walmart does to stay union-free.

Asda  is owned by Walmart which does its best to keep Unions from it stores.

During a strike in 2013 the Huffington Post reported that .

 In a blistering 2007 report that sadly still holds true, Human Rights Watch meticulously analyzed how Walmart has taken advantage of the gaping holes in U.S. labor law to turn back every effort at unionization. For example, because American employers are allowed to actively oppose union organizing campaigns, Walmart “bombards workers with the message that disastrous results will ensue if they organize, while largely denying them access to contrary views.”Similarly, since national labor law allows employers to permanently replace workers who strike for economic reasons, “Wal-Mart uses this threat of permanent replacement as part of its strategy to scare workers into rejecting union formation at its U.S. stores.” This message is drummed home not only during organizing efforts, but also in trainings for new workers, which are part of Walmart’s coordinated, pro-active approach to stopping organizing campaigns in their tracks.
I suspect that as Brexur  takes hold we will see attack and attack on  workers pay and conditions and as we go cap in hand to the uSA for any style of Trade Deal then uS investors wil demand we abandon the sought of rights we  have built up over they years.

Those on the Left like Jeremy Corbyn who have supported Brexit , should surely realise  by now what we are facing .

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