You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. The retailer is asking five justices of the UK’s highest court to overturn earlier rulings, including a 2019 verdict by the court of appeal that found in favour of the shop workers and said they could compare themselves to the higher-paid depot workers. It would also undoubtedly cause ripples throughout the industry. It comes as retail workers claiming unequal pay at Asda overcame the latest hurdle in their legal battle. More than 30,000 store workers at Leeds-based Asda, have brought equal pay claims after complaining that ... 2020, 10:32am. However even if the supreme court justices rule in the workers’ favour, Leigh Day lawyers say their battle for equal pay will not end, as the shop employees will still have to show that the retail and distribution roles are of equal value. Our legal partners, Leigh Day, are currently representing hundreds of ASDA checkout operatives. By Ashleigh Webber on 13 Jul 2020 in Retail, Employment law, Latest News, Case law, Equal pay Shutterstock The long-running equal pay dispute between Asda and its shop-floor staff is to be considered by the Supreme Court this week. Checkout operatives work is of equal value with jobs done by men earning much more. Everybody was on edge. Lawyers representing staff at Next in a claim for equal pay have accused the retailer of destroying key documents ahead of the case – something denied by the company. But with the Supreme Court marking the last chance for Asda to argue the roles are not comparable, and three rulings in favour of the workers already on the books, we could be about to witness a watershed moment. On 13 and 14 July, five Supreme Court justices listened as Asda argued its case – that there is no equal pay issue to answer. Leigh Day estimates it could see payouts of around £8bn to 500,000 eligible staff. Date: 21/09/2020. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. In addition to Asda, ongoing equal pay claim cases by workers at Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op and Tesco could result in … Independent experts visited Asda branches to compare the roles of workers on the Asda shop floor, who are mostly women, and those who work in the supermarket giant's distribution centre, who are mostly men. More than 30,000 Asda store workers, most of whom are women, have brought equal pay claims after complaining that staff working in distribution depots unfairly get more money. Yes they’re loading stuff onto vans and that is physical work but so is lugging one hundred loads of customer shopping around the byways of Northamptonshire in the bad weather,” he adds. “Historically I think they thought they could get away with not paying women as much,” he says, which – without a brand willing to pay the large tab for subsequent adjustment – has led to the current situation. As a result, if the court finds that the supermarket work of employees like Arundale is comparable to those in the depot, lawyers will make the case that the only reason for the discrepancy was sex discrimination, giving them the right to claim compensation. Leigh Day has said if the five supermarkets lose the cases brought by the workers, they could be facing backdated pay claims totalling £8bn. have filed claims asking to be paid the same. More than 30,000 Asda store workers, most of whom are women, have brought equal pay claims after complaining that staff working in distribution depots unfairly get more money. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. endy Arundale worked at the Asda store on North Street, Middlesbrough for 32 years, two weeks and one day before retiring, aged 63, in July 2019. What the sale of Asda means for the Equal Pay claim. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The first UK supermarket to face equal pay claims on differences in pay between shop workers and distribution staff was Asda, which has been fighting a long-running legal dispute over the issue. The latest breaking news, comment and features from The Independent. Shutterstock. But judges have already ruled in favour of the workers at an employment tribunal, a tribunal appeal and then again by Court of Appeal judges in 2019. Asda isn’t the only supermarket facing this – law firm Leigh Day, who are representing the Asda claimants, say they are also representing Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in similar cases. Tesco shop floor workers to appeal latest equal pay decision. Asda workers lead £8BILLION battle for pay equality. Therefore they can claim up to 6 years of lost pay. Equal Pay Now is run by Leigh Day. Leigh Day SRA no. “We aren’t back in the 18th century, we’re 20th-century people, why are we being treated so unequally?” she says. GMB has hailed the latest Employment Tribunal judgement in the Asda equal pay case. An equal pay claim has been launched on behalf of supermarket workers at the Co-op. About 35,000 mainly female supermarket workers are fighting for pay parity with the retailer’s mostly male depot staff. In the week commencing 13 January 2020, Manchester Employment Tribunal ruled that supermarket retailer Asda’s job descriptions for predominantly female shop floor employees ‘did not go far enough as to acquiring and using knowledge’ for the purposes of comparison in its ongoing equal pay dispute. Peter Anderson, 65, from Kettering, worked as a delivery driver for Asda for nine years before his retirement in August. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Depot staff are paid more than supermarket staff – between 80p and £3 per hour difference depending on geographic location. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Asda supermarket workers’ long-running legal battle to receive pay equal to their colleagues who work in the company’s warehouses is being considered in a virtual hearing that got under way at the supreme court. The Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether employees like Arundale on the shop floor were doing work comparable to their depot counterparts. ... and one reason why equal pay claims … Supermarket giant Asda has lost an appeal in the latest development in a long-running legal dispute with staff over equal pay. Monkstown Asda store decision expected Belfast News Letter 17:20 15-Jan-21 Tesco, Asda and Aldi lose out in cheapest British supermarket study Lancs Live 16:20 15-Jan-21 Asda shopper 'did not feel safe' in store after seeing staff and customers 'flouting' covid rules Liverpool Echo 16:19 15-Jan-21 There are also a number (albeit far fewer) men involved in the equal pay claim. After a lot of speculation, on Friday Asda’s owners Walmart announced the sale of the supermarket to billionaire UK brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa and TDR Capital.Here, Lauren Lougheed, a partner in the Employment Team, explains what this means for the Equal Pay Now Campaign. 20 January 2020 Asda faces mass legal action over equal pay by female store workers, and the outcome is expected to have implications for the whole sector. “Everyone knew we were doing the same jobs in the store, but the men were getting £3 more an hour. Independent experts visited Asda branches to compare the roles of workers on the Asda shop floor, who are mostly women, and those who work in the supermarket giant's distribution centre, who … He said the terms and conditions of the workers’ employment depended on the “establishment” in which they worked. He only discovered he was being paid less than depot employees by hearing about their pay on the grapevine when some colleagues transferred. Law firm Leigh Day is reviewing a decision made yesterday (Wednesday, 14th October) by the Employment Tribunal that a job evaluation... October 8, 2020. Monkstown Asda store decision expected Belfast News Letter 17:20 15-Jan-21 Tesco, Asda and Aldi lose out in cheapest British supermarket study Lancs Live 16:20 15-Jan-21 Asda shopper 'did not feel safe' in store after seeing staff and customers 'flouting' covid rules Liverpool Echo 16:19 15-Jan-21 “Asda submits that the answer is no,” Pannick said in a written case outline. “Why should he be paid more than me when he was doing the same job?”. “It was a wind-up,” he shouts in the background of our phone conversation. The long running equal pay battle for supermarket workers has reached a landmark stage this week. Since the Equal Pay Act of 1970 men and women in the UK have been entitled to equal pay for equal work, whether in the same roles or in roles of equal value and skill. The dispute is seen as a landmark case, and the outcome will have repercussions for about 8,000 workers at other supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Morrisons, who are also engaged in equal pay disputes with their employers. More than 30,000 employees at the supermarket chain, most of whom are women, have brought equal pay claims after complaining that staff working in distribution depots unfairly get more money. Asda workers yesterday took their long-running equal pay dispute to the Supreme Court in a battle that could see supermarkets pay out £8billion. A spokesperson told The Independent: “This is an extremely complicated case that is without precedent in the private sector and we are pleased it is getting the legal scrutiny it merits. By Ashleigh Webber on 13 Jul 2020 in Retail, Employment law, Latest News, Case law, Equal pay Shutterstock The long-running equal pay dispute between Asda and its shop-floor staff is to be considered by the Supreme Court this week. “I think there is an old-fashioned idea that working on a checkout, for example, is easy work. 67679. Reasons for this industry-wide problem can largely be explained by women tending to historically occupy these roles: partly due to the flexibility and part-time opportunities offered in stores that were more compatible with women’s primary role being seen as housekeepers (not breadwinners), as well as a cultural discomfort with women doing physical labour in a male occupied space rather than a “female space” like a shop. The case, the biggest-ever equal pay claim in the UK private sector, is being heard over two days with the justices listening to the arguments over video. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Retail and distribution are two different industry sectors and we pay colleagues the market rates for these sectors.”. More than 100 Co-op shop floor workers are seeking up to six years of back pay in the latest equal pay claim being brought against a major supermarket. This site uses cookies. Judges are preparing to consider the latest leg of a long-running equal pay dispute between Asda and supermarket workers. It says men and women performing the same role within each establishment are paid the same. The workers were hopeful they would win the fight, said Lauren Lougheed, a specialist in employment law at Leigh Day, and wanted to prove once and for all that the roles were comparable. Posted at 16:49 25 Nov 2020 16:49 25 Nov 2020 Low-paid public sector workers to get £250 pay rise Pay will be frozen for at least 1.3 million public sector staff, … She had spent decades on a revolving door of different jobs; working overnight “twilight” shifts, at the checkouts, and a stint as the designated events colleague, the person responsible for raising awareness of the brand in the local area, hosting charity fundraisers with politicians and securing positive coverage of the supermarket. But bosses at Asda still say the roles are not comparable and want Supreme Court judges to overturn the former ruling. GMB has hailed the latest Employment Tribunal judgement in the Asda equal pay case. “I know the work they do in the depot and it’s probably less onerous than what I did on the roads. Judges are preparing to consider the latest leg of a long-running equal pay dispute between Asda and supermarket workers. Dear Colleagues, GMB members in ASDA that have not yet enquired about an equal pay claim should contact their GMB store rep or GMB Regional Office who will provide you with information about how you do that.. We will put you in contact with our solicitors, Leigh Day, and take their advice on submitting your claim for equal pay against ASDA. Lord Pannick QC, who is leading Asda’s legal team, told the justices on Monday the case depended on whether the store workers were “in the same employment” as those at the firm’s distribution depots. Can you believe it? Asda workers will today take their long-running equal pay dispute to the Supreme Court in a battle which could lead to supermarkets paying out around £8 billion.. More than 30,000 Asda store workers, most of whom are women, have brought equal pay claims after complaining that staff working in distribution depots unfairly get more money. EQUAL PAY DAY 2020. There has been a lot of apprehension about the potential sale of Asda, but after months of speculation, Asda is … Anderson admits it is a “strange” feeling to be part of an equality claim which is “so obviously aimed at advancing the interests of women” but that he feels “in the same boat”. It was horrible. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. 13 July 2020 The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal by Asda against a ruling by the Court of Appeal in January 2019 that the roles of shop workers could be compared to those of warehouse staff. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Asda, which is owned by US retailer Walmart, does not believe the retail workers are entitled to compare themselves with higher-paid warehouse staff. Now, in her second year of retirement – in between training her award-winning Saluki Collie dog on the agility course – Arundale has found herself on the other side of the brand PR war as part of a 38,000-strong group of employees taking on the Leeds-headquartered supermarket in the Supreme Court. The former journalist earned the same as other workers on the shop floor – £9.18 per hour. ... July 2020. This is Asda’s last chance to overturn it. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. “It was definitely unfair,” Aurndale tells me. If successful it could prove a landmark case, say lawyers at Leigh Day, which represents the interests of claimants working at Asda’s 630 stores. The Asda employees are being represented by the law firm Leigh Day, which was instructed by the GMB union. “Our hourly rates of pay in stores are the same for male and female colleagues and this is equally true in our distribution centres. 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