Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin backs workers left out of pocket by Sainsbury's contract changes

Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his support for Sainsbury’s workers after changes to their contracts meant workers could be left £3,000 out of pocket.


Austin has joined other MP’s in writing to the Prime Minister to demand she stands up for hardworking, longstanding and loyal Sainsbury's staff who are being asked to work for less pay.

Last month, Sainsbury’s announced contract changes for all staff under the smokescreen of an ‘increase in basic pay’.

The reality is that approximately 10,000 of the longest serving staff across the country will lose up to £3,000 per year. Staff will lose paid breaks and Sunday premium pay, whilst the nightshift will be shortened to between 12:00am and 5:00am. Shop floor staff will lose their bonus scheme, but management will not.

Ian Austin said:

"I was really shocked when one of my constituents got in touch about this. They were quite rightly worried about their job – this is a pay cut for thousands of hard working people in the Black Country and across the UK.

“Under the proposed changes all employees will lose their paid breaks, there will be widespread cuts to premium pay and shop-floor staff will no longer get a bonus, but the management will not.

“I want to see the Prime Minister standing up for Sainsbury’s workers, talk to the Chief Executive and call on him to ensure that no staff will face a pay cut under these contract changes”

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