In light of 9,500 female Asda workers successfully winning a major step in their battle for equal pay, Tesco is now facing legal action from 17 of its ‘extremely unhappy’ employees who claim they lost wages by working anti-social hours, and targeted by the company’s pay cut strategy introduced in February.
The retailer’s changing pay rates for weekend, bank holiday and night shift staff has sparked outrage, with the law firm Leigh Day – which also represented Asda staff in their case – claiming that long-serving employees in particular are ‘especially angry that they only found out about the decision when news was leaked to the national press in January 2016.’
Leigh Day believes that the pay changes – agreed with staff representatives and the shopworkers’ trade union, Usdaw, could affect up to 38,000 employees.
A spokeswoman for Tesco commented in a statement: “Earlier this year we announced a pay increase of up to 3.1 per cent for colleagues working in our stores across the UK, in addition to a 5 per cent turnaround bonus. As part of the pay negotiations we also agreed to simplify premium payments to ensure a fair and consistent approach for all colleagues. The minority of colleagues who were negatively impacted by this change were supported with an agreed lump sum transition payment.”