Morrisons is set to become the highest paying UK supermarket for store staff after announcing a new hourly wage deal.
The Big 4 grocer has announced it will pay its store and manufacturing staff a minimum of £10.20 an hour, a minimum 2% increase on their base rate.
The new deal means that since 2014, the hourly pay rate for Morrisons’ store customer assistants has gone from £6.83 per hour to £10.20, an increase of more than 40%.
The pay deal proposal follows negotiations with the Usdaw and is subject to a ballot that is now underway and closes on June 20, with the final results announced by the end of June.
Furthermore, the supermarket will pay a London location supplement of £0.85 per hour to all stores within the M25 – rather than just inner London – taking the minimum rate of pay for store colleagues within M25 to £11.05.
“Following last year’s 8.7 per cent pay increase for our customer assistants, Morrisons was the first UK supermarket to reach the £10 an hour mark, and we’re very pleased to be maintaining our position as the highest paying UK national supermarket,” Morrisons’ group people director Clare Grainger said.
“Today’s announcement recognises the important contribution our colleagues make in serving local communities up and down the country.”
Joanne McGuinness Usdaw National Officer Joanne McGuinness added: “Usdaw has negotiated an established rate of £10.20 per hour for Morrisons workers, which is the highest basic pay rate in the supermarket sector.
“We have also secured an established rate of £11.05 for staff within the M25, the same as the London Living Wage. Our members in Morrisons will now be balloted on the company’s offer.”
The news comes after Morrisons’ £7 billion takeover by US private equity firm Clayton, Dublier & Rice has been approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as the competition watchdog has announced it can go ahead.