Asda and EG Group merger will ‘threaten food supply, fuel prices and jobs’

Asda’s potential merger with EG Group could “threaten food supply, fuel prices and 100,000 jobs,” GMB Union has warned.

The plan, which will merge Asda and EG Group‘s UK division, comes as part of the Issa Brother’s ongoing efforts to reduce EG Group’s £7bn debt burden.

However, the move comes with concerns that this could increase the supermarket groups‘s existing debt, which currently stands at £4.7 billion.

As a result, the trade union has urged secretary of state for business and trade, Kemi Badenoch to intervene and get regulatory body, the Competition and Markers Authority (CMA) to fully investigate the merger.

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In a letter to Badenoch sent this week, GMB warned that the £7bn EG debt is due to be refinanced in 2025 when interest rates are likely to be significantly higher, which could place Asda in a “perilous financial position.”

The letter explained that allowing the merger to go ahead “would be deeply irresponsible for several reasons.”

GMB national officer, Nadine Houghton explained: “Firstly, it risks the jobs of more than 100,000 employees. As one of the largest private sector employers in the UK, the future sustainability of the business is a matter of national, public interest.”

She said that this would also “place the future of the UK’s food supply chain at risk by loading even greater debt on to one of the UK’s Big 4 supermarkets,” and “have a chilling effect on competition for fuel prices by creating a ‘super retailer’ of more than 700 petrol stations.”

“GMB calls on the secretary of state to ensure the CMA investigates thoroughly – and that additional investigatory and enforcement powers are given with the Compeition and Markets Bill now coming to the floor of the house,” Houghton added.



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  • Since the takeover Asda as a whole has gone down hill. No staff, no produce on shelves. Shops always look dirty as the cleaning staff hours have been drastically reduced. Just going from bad to worse


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