The staff of Sainsbury's supermarket chain accused the company of getting rid of its most loyal employees, "displacing" by their salary cuts.
A deluge of criticism struck the company after Sainsbury's announced that they would reduce premiums for additional hours of work and cancel paid breaks. As a result, many network workers will see a reduction in their wages by £2000 per year.
Last month, the company announced that it will raise the minimum wage for all employees to at least £9.20 per hour. However, at the same time it was stated that employees will no longer be able to receive annual bonuses and paid breaks. And the staff, working at night and on Sundays, will not receive amount of payment they were paid before.
Besides, in 130 thousand supermarkets of the UK network, employees will be offered to sign new contracts, which is why, as already estimated by the network staff, about 13 thousand workers will have much lower wages. Many new changes will be made to the new staff contracts, in particular, regarding the payment of sick leave. In addition, employees will be required to confidently use new technologies, which will be difficult for older people. For example, workers should be able to scan 21 products per minute, but at the moment this is not spelled out in the contract. Now the company decided to add this and many other paragraphs to the staff contracts.