Sainsbury’s and Argos: Usdaw achieves a £10 per hour basic rate pay deal

Business / Fri 7th Jan 2022 pm31 01:23pm

RETAIL trade union Usdaw has achieved at least £10 per hour basic rate for Sainsbury’s and Argos shopworkers in a ground-breaking pay deal. The offer is another step forward for the union’s New Deal for Workers campaign.

Dave Gill – Usdaw National Officer says: “For some time we have been in discussions with Sainsbury’s about increasing retail staff pay to at least £10 an hour, as we call for in our New Deal for Workers campaign. So I am pleased that Sainsbury’s are able to implement this new hourly rate, a rise that achieves that goal and takes most staff beyond the real living wage.

“This increase is one of the leading rates of the major supermarkets. It is a big step forward and shows that the company are prepared to invest in the staff to help grow the business.

“It’s been a tough time for food retail staff who have worked throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances. They provide the essential service of keeping the nation fed and deserve our support, respect and appreciation. Most of all they deserve decent pay and this offer is a welcome boost.”

Usdaw’s New Deal for Workers calls for:

  • A minimum wage of at least £10 per hour for all workers, ending rip-off youth rates and providing a living wage.
  • Minimum contract of 16 hours per week, for everyone who wants it, that reflects normal hours worked and a ban on zero-hour contracts.
  • Better sick pay for all workers, from day one, at average earnings.
  • Protection at work – respect for shopworkers, abuse is not a part of the job.
  • A proper social security system, Universal Credit does not provide a safety net.
  • Job security, with day one employment rights for unfair dismissal and redundancy.
  • Fair treatment and equality for all workers, including equal pay.
  • A voice at work, stop rogue employers refusing to engage with trade unions and end ‘fire and rehire’.
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13 Comments for Sainsbury’s and Argos: Usdaw achieves a £10 per hour basic rate pay deal:

2022-01-07 14:07:21

10 pounds a hour is still rubbish people can’t live of this wage it’s a joke

2022-01-07 14:31:30

£10 sounds ok.....until you realise the price of things nowadays! U need 3 jobs just to pay the elecricty and gas bills now! Maybe if we stop all the dole scroungers we can keep abit more of our hard earned tax money!!

2022-01-07 15:16:19

minimum wage is going to be9.50. £10 is an insult I work nights for sainsburys only get 2.55 an hour more for 5 hours 12am to 5am. they took our paid breaks off us and night shift allowance for 4 hours only pay 5 hours not 9 as they use to. its a joke big company making huge profit. would of respected at least £10.75 rise

2022-01-07 15:28:41

They couldn't pay you £10.75 p/h Lorraine, then the poor directors could only heat the pool 6 days a week! Please have some consideration for the people at the top, they have some really exhausting board meetings and sometimes don't even get any smoked salmon sandwiches.

2022-01-07 17:17:35

All you union numptys fail to realise the link between a higher hourly rate and the amount of jobs or the cost of products. Sainsburys will simply employ less people or force some out so they can afford to pay you more. I guess you would all love to see you colleagues out ot a job so you can have your extra 50p, or charge more so they have less customers, also meaning they need less staff. The real issue is the cost of living. Not what sainsburys pay you to fill up shelves. Maybe get a better education and retrain and get a better job?

Mary Thomas
2022-01-07 17:32:17

Rick. We already have fewer staff. Skeletal as it happens. No extra at Christmas either. I am sick to the teeth of people saying 'get a better education and get a better job. You have no idea of people's personal circumstances. At least they have a job. So may I suggest you get off your high horse and carry on placing your food order with Waitrose or Harrods!

2022-01-07 18:06:35

Mary what are you on about, there are always loads of staff standing about in sainsburys having a natter and a chit chat. I’m sure they could cope it those members of staff weren’t there any more, then sainsburys could afford to give you your extra 50p. I don’t use Harords or Waitrose. I go down to the market to get some proper British veg not the rubbish sold in the supermarkets from Israel

2022-01-07 18:28:54

Rather than putting people out of work Rick how about we pay the extra out of our foreign aid budget....we pay China (who are already a superpower) £71 million a year!! About time we looked after our own before others. As for having a natter and a chit chat (both the same things by the way) I supppse you would like them all chain ganged aswell?! And no I don't work for Sainsburys!

2022-01-07 19:20:17

Rick your hilarious!! You always 'see staff stood around having a natter' I can assure you this is absolutely not the case!! The staff 'stood around' are more than likely runners for checkouts, waiting for stuff to happen! If I could stand around I'd be thrilled and yes I do work for the company!!

Ade Hall
2022-01-07 19:49:59

As a former employee, its all very well £10 , but we should never have lost our paid half an hour a day and also the bonuses paid in May. There is no incentive to stay with the company and the biggest mistake the company made was getting rid of all team leaders

2022-01-08 00:29:02

Citizen, couldn’t agree more, we should stop sending money out to third world countries let them sort themselves out. Bev, I don’t know what these runners are you talk about but they don’t seem to run anywhere just having a chit chat like I’ve said. Maybe they could open up some tills instead, or fill up the shelves. What’s all this about paid breaks? Why would sainsburys want to pay for not working, not surprised they got rid of them. Maybe if we got rid of the runners or whatever they are or do sainsburys could afford to give everyone the extra 50p?

David Forman
2022-01-08 08:07:17

Join a union not just for a pay rise or representing you against unfair disciplinary procedures. Join it because a recognised trade union can appoint safety representatives to help ensure your safety at work.

2022-01-08 15:47:26

Minimum contract is 12 hrs not including t breaks

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