Asda hits back after Jeremy Corbyn accuses it of 'exploiting' its workforce

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Jeremy Corbyn launched an extraordinary assault on big business last night, naming Britain’s second biggest supermarket chain as one of five firms which had ‘exploited’ workers.

The Labour leader accused Asda – along with Amazon, Sports Direct, Uber and the outsourcing giant ISS – of having ‘ripped off and dehumanised’ their staff.

The party accused Asda of forcing staff to sign a more flexible contract which means they will not be paid for breaks.

Mr Corbyn’s attack on Asda came as he published his party’s new work manifesto, which involves extensive new powers for trade unions. He said: ‘The Conservatives are on the side of bad bosses who have exploited, ripped off and dehumanised workers'

Mr Corbyn’s attack on Asda came as he published his party’s new work manifesto, which involves extensive new powers for trade unions. He said: ‘The Conservatives are on the side of bad bosses who have exploited, ripped off and dehumanised workers'

Mr Corbyn said that, under Labour, companies will be obliged to pay people for their breaks during shifts.

But last night Asda hit back, saying it ‘entirely rejected’ the claim that it was one of the country’s worst employers – pointing out that it had given its 120,000 workers a pay rise.

And the criticism opened Labour up to claims of hypocrisy as last week it emerged workers at a Labour call centre had been told they would lose their jobs after Christmas.

The party accused Asda of forcing staff to sign a more flexible contract which means they will not be paid for breaks. Mr Corbyn said that, under Labour, companies will be obliged to pay people for their breaks during shifts

The party accused Asda of forcing staff to sign a more flexible contract which means they will not be paid for breaks. Mr Corbyn said that, under Labour, companies will be obliged to pay people for their breaks during shifts

Mr Corbyn’s attack on Asda came as he published his party’s new work manifesto, which involves extensive new powers for trade unions.

He said: ‘The Conservatives are on the side of bad bosses who have exploited, ripped off and dehumanised workers. We’ll call time on insecure and unsafe work that leaves people without the rights and dignity they deserve.

‘We’ll call time on discrimination in the workplace that leaves women vulnerable to harassment and unequal pay. And we’ll call time on the running down of workers’ rights to organise collectively to boost their pay and improve their working conditions.

‘It’s workers who are the real wealth creators. Labour will be on your side.’

Labour said that alongside Asda, Britain’s worst offenders include Amazon, where the party says that last year ambulances were called to a warehouse once every two days.

It also singles out Sports Direct, claiming that employees have reported being promised permanent contracts in exchange for sexual favours. The party also criticised outsourcing giant ISS for failing to respect basic rights or pay its workers properly; and minicab firm Uber for failing to pay the minimum wage.

Labour said Asda had also forced employees to work bank holidays and weekends or face

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