Sainsbury’s could face legal action from trade Union unite, after the supermarket said it was moving forward with a plan to cut paid breaks, annual bonuses and premium pay on Sundays, bringing thousands of workers out of pocket.
After several weeks of consultation with staff and pressure from trade unions and MPs, the supermarket pledged Thursday an additional charge online for drivers, those on the night shift, and those in outer London, adding £ 10 million to his Bank to pay.
Said Sainsbury’s to invest £110m in salary increase to 93% of its 130.000 employees of the store, taking pay from £8 to £9.20 an hour or £9.80 in London to give the average wage increase is 9.3%.
However, the removal of paid breaks, annual bonus and Sunday and public holidays salary means 7% of Sainsbury’s employees, or about 9,000 people, will suffer from the average salary of 400 pounds a year. The supermarket said it would compensate for the difference in earnings over 18 months and pledged to review its policy in March 2020.
Unite said it was anticipated that consultation on new remuneration mechanisms will run until 4 June and was afraid the staff who didn’t sign up for a new contract stipulating to pay change may be dismissed in September, when they come into force.
The Union said it was legal advice over whether Sainsbury’s had failed meaningful consultation with workers. He also claimed that Sainsbury’s was attempting to negotiate their contracts with employees Asda before the planned merger, which was announced in April.
Joe Clark, of the Union of national employees for food and drink, said: “bosses ended consultations with extension plans which will leave thousands out of pocket, still holding the pistol in the workers ‘ heads, threatening to sign a new contract or remain without work.”
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A spokesperson from Sainsbury’s said the company informed the combine on Wednesday that there was no justification for the continuation of consultations and was “disappointed by this reaction to unite as they had a seat at the table throughout the consultation process”.
They said that there is no legal merit to combine the proposed requirements.
“This consultation relates to the Sainsbury’s stores only and has nothing to do with the proposed merger with Asda,” added the spokesman.
Usdaw, the shopworkers Union, said he remains concerned that some employees will incur losses, but said that he was pleased and persuaded Sainsbury’s to make some concessions after “full consultation”.
Sainsbury’s was previously accused unions of “robbing Peter to pay Paul” and more than 100 MPs signed a letter to the Prime Minister this week, urging her to intervene.
The MPs, led by Siobhain McDonagh labour, criticized the retailer for “a number of poor decisions that will be most affected them the most devoted, loyal and long term staff”.
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Said Sainsbury’s new deal “is designed to correct the injustice of colleagues working side by side in the store, doing exactly the same work but paid different amounts depending on when they started working network Sainsbury’s”.
Simon Roberts, retail and operations Director of Sainsbury’s, said the supermarket was trying to minimize the negative effects of changes and denied that the most affected by pay cuts will be long-serving employees.
“We are trying to do the right thing and to protect our business and develop our business and protect jobs,” said Roberts.