Two Brighton Asda superstores balloted for strike action
GMB union members following in footsteps of colleagues at Gosport superstore
GMB, the union for Asda, is balloting two Asda superstores in Brighton with staff unhappy with how a litany of complaints have not been dealt with by managers.
Members of the union at the Brighton Marina and Brighton Hollingbury stores are being balloted over a dossier of more than 20 issues which has been issued to Asda management and includes complaints such as:
- Lack of Hours
- Poor contracts
- Issues around Health & Safety not being dealt with in a timely manner, including Fire Safety & Waste Disposal
- ASDA’s staff training not being fit for purpose.
- High turnover of staff placing more pressure on the remaining staff
The ballots are set to close next week and will lead to formal industrial action ballots if the members vote in favour of taking action.
Nicola Nixon, GMB Regional Organiser said:
“Following on from the successful strike ballot in ASDA Gosport, we received several calls from members in these two Brighton stores keen to join in and take action.
“The members have come up with more than 20 issues that they feel are not being addressed properly by management, and these look incredibly similar to those submitted in Gosport.
“Asda owners the Issa brothers and their financial backers TDR Capital need to step up to the plate and address these issues head on, or we will just see ballot after ballot across the country until our members feel listened to.
“TDR Capital also owns the Stonegate pub chain and GMB has highlighted similar issues with the private equity firm.
“Both TDR Capital and Asda would do well to talk to GMB and nip this dispute in the bud before it snowballs and starts affecting a much larger number of stores.”