West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has put her name to the Early Day Motion (EDM) 36 in Parliament on ASDA contract 6.
The motion expresses concerns over many aspects of the new contract 6 including workers’ flexibility, holidays, pay and terms, and highlights the reported heavy handed tactics Asda have used ‘with staff being told to accept the terms and conditions or their contract would be terminated’.
The EDM further supports the work of the GMB in seeking further negotiations to highlight the vast majority of its members employed by Asda asked in a consultative ballot who responded with the view that they did not agree with Contract 6.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is deeply concerning that such a large employer in West Lancashire is leaving their staff with no choice other than to accept these new contracts or risk losing their job.
“Many Asda workers with caring commitments are going to be severely hit by any loss in flexibility – this is an awful position for the company to put dedicated staff in. Shoppers would be horrified to know Asda are leaving staff with no real choice. Asda should think again.
“I understand some improvements to the original contract proposed have been won by Asda GMB members and I have called on Asda to work constructively with the union, its members and all colleagues in Asda to seek a better deal and secure a decent future for Asda workers in West Lancashire.
“I have supported this Early Day Motion urging Asda to become a market leader in employee terms and conditions, by meeting with trade unions and employees and giving the workforce a fair deal.”
ASDA contract 6
Tabled 16 October 2019
That this House notes with concern the decision by ASDA to proceed with proposals to put all hourly paid employees on flexible contracts (Contract 6) despite considerable concern about the proposed changes to employee terms and conditions; further notes that the flexibility clause in Contract 6 will force employees to work at any time, any place, anywhere which risks a hugely damaging effect on the part-time, low-paid workforce who need flexibility that works for them; notes that employees would be potentially losing up to eight paid holidays a year under new entitlement; notes with concern that the requirement for flexibility and a change in shift patterns would see any rise in hourly pay rendered meaningless if staff work fewer hours because of the new contract, potentially costing some employees hundreds of pounds; highlights reported heavy handed tactics on the part of ASDA with staff being told to accept the terms and conditions or their contract would be terminated; supports the work of the GMB in seeking further negations to highlight the vast majority of its members employed by ASDA asked in a consultative ballot who responded with the view that they did not agree with Contract 6; and urges ASDA to further meet with trade unions and employees and give the workforce a fair deal with the aim of becoming a market leader in employee terms and conditions.