Asda has rejected calls to remove the threat of dismissal from thousands of staff who could be sacked this week if they fail to sign new contracts.
The supermarket giant wants its shopfloor staff to agree to a host of new terms, including a hike in the basic hourly rate of pay to £9, the removal of paid breaks and shorter night shifts, by this Friday.
But the GMB union has accused Asda of “bullying” and estimates that up to 12,000 employees could lose their jobs if they do not sign the new deal, known as Contract 6.
Retail Week understands, however, that the number of staff yet to agree to the terms is significantly lower than that, and that Asda is confident that many of those workers will pen the deals before the end of the week.
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