Asda workers are set to stage a new protest in a war against the grocer's "brutal" new contract changes.
Staff in Walsall, West Midlands, are to stage a demonstration amid claims they will be 'sacked in time for Christmas' if they fail to consent to new 'punitive' changes.
It comes just weeks after hundreds of workers took industrial action against the supermarket after being handed documents that stated they would be sacked if they refused to sign up to the new clauses.
The demonstration will be held at the Asda's Bloxwich store in Woodall Street on Monday, September 16, as part of a GMB union campaign at branches across the country.
The union claims the new deal will see workers lose all their paid breaks and be forced to work bank holidays. It claims that staff have been told by Asda to sign the new contract or be sacked by November 2.
The GMB said many of its members believe the contract would force them to choose between caring for vulnerable relatives or losing their jobs in the run up the Christmas.
And when Mirror Money spoke to staff affected, they told us they've been left feeling like prisoners over the changes that have turned them into little more than a "number".
Gary Carter, GMB's national officer, said: “Our members are angry. Workers who have given years or loyal service are being told ‘sign this brutal contract or get the sack in time for Christmas’.
“By forcing people to sign this contract, Asda are making people choose between their families or their jobs.
“We’re calling on Asda to respect its workforce and offer dedicated, long-serving staff a better deal.”
But Asda said an 'overwhelming majority' of staff had already signed the new contracts, which will result in a pay increase for more than 100 employees.
A spokesman added: "The retail sector is immensely competitive and it is important we are able to serve our customers in the best way to meet their needs.
"This contract is about increasing the take-home pay of more than 100,000 retail colleagues, through an investment of more than £80 million, and ensuring that everyone doing the same job is on the same terms and conditions.
“The overwhelming majority of our colleagues from across all our stores have signed the new contracts and, while we appreciate that some of our colleagues find the changes more unsettling, we do not want any of them to leave.
"We understand colleagues have commitments outside work and will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.”
The Walsall protest will take place between 11am and 3pm.
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