Asda workers have been striking against the 'punitive' contracts (Image: SWNS )
The supermarket giant has introduced a new contract, which requires workers to work on bank holidays and introduces unpaid breaks. Asda promised to increase pay for more than 100,000 staff. But hundreds have taken to the streets after the GMB Union organised protests across the UK, saying the “highly-profitable” firm could “afford to treat staff better”.
Labour MP Richard Burgon spoke to the crowds at the rally, saying: "I think Asda bosses are treating staff not in the right way they deserve.
"It's a race to the bottom by a very profitable company."
GMB Union attacked the “punitive” contract, which will force staff to work for £9 an hour on bank holidays.
GMB national officer Gary Carter, said: "Asda is a multibillion-pound, highly-profitable company and it can afford to treat staff better than this.
Asda is offering staff new contracts which forces workers to take unpaid