Thousands of Asda employees working as drivers and distribution centre workers are set to be balloted on the Big 4 grocer’s latest pay offer.
According to The Grocer, trade union GMB will hold a ballot beginning from 31 January to 14 February 2022.
The cause of this ballot will be for Asda drivers and distribution centre workers to decide whether or not to accept the latest wage increase offer, which was made at the end of last week.
Additional negotiations were held following 94% of drivers and distribution centre employees refusing to accept the initial pay offer from the Big 4 grocer, which claimed it was a “meaningful rise”.
However, GMB claims Asda owners, the Issa brothers, have failed to credit soaring inflation and the importance of the key workers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, Asda sources claim the union made “unreasonable” demands with it hoping to secure “eye-watering” pay rises of over 20%.
An Asda spokesman told The Grocer: “We recognise the vital role our logistics colleagues have played throughout the pandemic to keep our stores well-stocked and support the business ‒ and have made a fair, competitive and sustainable pay offer which recognises rising inflation.
“We are hopeful they will vote in favour of this offer in the forthcoming ballot.”