Asda strike looms as thousands of warehouse staff reject pay deal

  • An Asda strike has moved closer after thousands of distribution staff turned down a pay deal
  • The grocer offered base rate increases to warehouse and clerical staff ranging from 4.98 % to 6.10 % and 6.49 % to 7.53 % for transport staff

By guest author Georgia Wright from Retail Gazette.

Asda is now closer to facing potential disruption to its deliveries after thousands of lorry drivers, warehouse staff and clerical workers voted to reject the supermarket’s latest pay offer.

Almost 70 % of the GMB union’s 8000 members within Asda’s distribution network, which employs 12000 in total, voted to reject the ‘below inflation’ pay rises of between 5 % and 7.5 %.

That pay rise compares to inflation of 7.8 % – on the retail price index measure – while the legal minimum wage is set to increase by 6.6 % in April. The government’s preferred measure of inflation – the consumer prices index – is expected to rise from 5.5 % in January to almost 8 % in April.