Shopworkers’ trade union leader Paddy Lillis has welcomed Asda agreeing an extra week’s pay for staff, recognising the essential work and huge contribution they are making during these difficult times.
Usdaw is the trade union for Asda workers in Northern Ireland.
Paddy Lillis, Usdaw General Secretary says:
“Usdaw members working in supermarkets, distribution, home delivery, pharmacies, food and drug manufacturing and funeral workers are delivering essential services to help communities through the Coronavirus emergency. They all deserve our appreciation and support through these difficult times.
“So we very much welcome the extra week’s pay our Northern Ireland members working in Asda will receive. Staff are working long hours in busy stores, putting themselves at risk from customer abuse and of course increasing their potential exposure to the virus and contracting COVID-19.
“In these difficult circumstances it is absolutely right that retailers recognise that their staff are going more than the extra mile. We hope other companies follow suit and that customers treat shopworkers with the respect they thoroughly deserve.”
Usdaw is urging customers to please help retail workers by:
• treating shopworkers with courtesy & respect
• washing your hands first
• only buying what you need
• maintaining physical distance
• paying with contactless if you can
• shopping alone if possible.
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK’s fifth biggest trade union with over 400,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.