Asda has been branded the “worst paying” Big 4 supermarket, despite its owners’ reporting £1.4 billion in petrol profits at its forecourt business EG Group.
According to trade union GMB, Asda owners the Issa Brothers trouser “monstrous profits” while low-paid women workers in their stores are worried they won’t be able to heat their homes this Christmas.
The EG Group, also owned by the Issa Brothers, has recorded an increase in gross fuel profits of 20% driven by rising oil prices globally
However, basic pay for Asda retail workers still remains at £10.10 per hour, below rivals Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
This comes as a recent GMB survey of Asda workers found that 87% of respondents are worried they won’t be able to heat their home this Christmas.
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“The Issa brothers are trousering monstrous profits – even buying private jets – while the low-paid, predominantly women workers in their stores are worried they won’t be able to heat their homes this Christmas,” GMB national officer Nadine Houghton said.
“It’s a shocking state of affairs. GMB is being denied the opportunity to talk about wages on behalf of members.”
Houghton added: “We call on the Issa brothers to urgently intervene to do the right thing by the hard-working colleagues they rely on and make sure they are no longer the worst paying of the big four.”