USDAW balloons on a demonstration

Retail trade union Usdaw and supermarket giant Asda have signed a collective bargaining agreement for Usdaw to recruit and represent hourly-paid staff employed in the convenience stores and Leon restaurants that Asda recently acquired from EG Group.

The agreement, which covers Euro Garages Ltd and Leon Restaurants Ltd, means that Usdaw will negotiate on pay, hours and holidays annually for hourly-paid colleagues employed in the 356 convenience stores and 77 Leon restaurant sites in the UK, that Asda acquired from EG Group in October 2023.

Usdaw already represents members in the 119 convenience stores Asda acquired from the Co-op in 2022, as part of an existing recognition agreement.

Jayne Allport – Usdaw National Officer said: “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Asda. It is a positive step forward for Usdaw members within the EG group of stores and Leon restaurants who will now benefit from full representation and collective bargaining under this new agreement. This is in addition to the existing arrangements we already have in place with our membership within the ex-Co-op petrol filling stations and Asda Northern Ireland.

Hayley Tatum, Asda’s Chief People & Corporate Affairs Officer, said: “We respect the important role trade unions play in representing our valued colleagues. As Usdaw already represents the 2,300 colleagues in the convenience stores we acquired from the Co-op Group, it is a natural progression to recognise them as our partner for the sites we have acquired from EG Group. We look forward to working collaboratively with them to deliver positive outcomes for colleagues in this important and growing area of our business.”

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