Retail trade union Usdaw has achieved at least £10 per hour basic rate for Sainsbury’s and Argos shopworkers in a ground-breaking pay deal. The offer is another step forward for the union’s New Deal for Workers campaign.

Dave Gill – Usdaw National Officer says: “For some time we have been in discussions with Sainsbury’s about increasing retail staff pay to at least £10 an hour, as we call for in our New Deal for Workers campaign. So I am pleased that Sainsbury’s are able to implement this new hourly rate, a rise that achieves that goal and takes most staff beyond the real living wage.

“This increase is one of the leading rates of the major supermarkets. It is a big step forward and shows that the company are prepared to invest in the staff to help grow the business.

“It’s been a tough time for food retail staff who have worked throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances. They provide the essential service of keeping the nation fed and deserve our support, respect and appreciation. Most of all they deserve decent pay and this offer is a welcome boost.”

Usdaw’s New Deal for Workers calls for:

  1. A minimum wage of at least £10 per hour for all workers, ending rip-off youth rates and providing a living wage.
  2. Minimum contract of 16 hours per week, for everyone who wants it, that reflects normal hours worked and a ban on zero-hour contracts.
  3. Better sick pay for all workers, from day one, at average earnings.
  4. Protection at work – respect for shopworkers, abuse is not a part of the job.
  5. A proper social security system, Universal Credit does not provide a safety net.
  6. Job security, with day one employment rights for unfair dismissal and redundancy.
  7. Fair treatment and equality for all workers, including equal pay.
  8. A voice at work, stop rogue employers refusing to engage with trade unions and end ‘fire and rehire’.
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