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Asda staff at Cambridgeshire store consider strike action

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Asda staff at Wisbech store consider to strike

Employees at the Asda store in Wisbech are preparing to vote on a potential strike amid allegations of reduced working hours and managerial bullying. 

The GMB union has raised concerns over inadequate training, ongoing equal pay disputes, and neglect of health and fire safety issues.

The union represents over 150 members at the Cambridgeshire store

This situation echoes recent events at Asda's Gosport superstore in Hampshire, where 46 GMB members voted for a strike. 

The action was delayed following negotiations last week.

A new ballot is planned to consider Asda's latest proposals.

“Blocked fire exits, blocked fire routes, blocked fire extinguishers and faulty fire alarm systems are routinely seen in Asda stores"

GMB Regional organiser Keith Dixon said: “Asda has lost its leadership, it’s direction and no longer values its colleagues. The current state of the company is dire.”

“Workers suffer slashed hours, a non-existent training programme, bullying management, a total disregard and lack of understanding for H&S and Fire Safety, and near to no negotiation with GMB.”

Dixon added: “Most companies would be concerned when up to 4,000 separate fire safety and health and safety breaches were reported – Asda seems to be in denial.

“Blocked fire exits, blocked fire routes, blocked fire extinguishers and faulty fire alarm systems are routinely seen in Asda stores.

“GMB members at Wisbech are fed up and demand action. GMB will make sure their voice is heard or Asda Wisbech could be facing a full strike vote.”

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The consultative ballot, which will gauge support for industrial action, opened today and will close on Friday, February 9. 

A full strike ballot is expected if the workers vote in favor.

An Asda spokesperson said: “We have established processes in place for colleagues to raise any issues or concerns they may have and we have not received any formal complaints at the Wisbech store relating to the claims made by the GMB.

“Providing a safe working environment is of paramount importance to us and if colleagues have any safety-related concerns we would ask these are brought to the attention of a manager immediately so they can be investigated and promptly resolved.”

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