Majority of Asda staff sign new contracts as grace period ends

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Asda has said almost 120,000 staff have signed new contracts after a protracted battle with the GMB union that has drawn widespread political and media attention.

A spokesman for the grocer said “just over 200” staff had refused to move across to the new contracts and lost their jobs as the grace period for signing up passed at midnight on Sunday. GMB previously said as many as 12,000 staff could lose their jobs.

“Following a robust, fair and extensive consultation process, we’re pleased that almost 120,000 of our retail colleagues are now working on the same contract, with the same terms and conditions, and the same enhanced benefits package, including an increased hourly rate,” said the spokesman.

“This contract is about fairness for all our colleagues and moves us in line with our competitors.”

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