Asda's attempts to resolve its long-running dispute with the GMB union over working conditions and union recognition faltered yesterday.

Reports suggest that Andy Bond, president and chief executive of Asda, met with GMB shop stewards in Blackpool yesterday but the meeting finished without an agreement being reached.

Jude Brimble from the GMB said: “A wide gulf separates the parties and no progress was made to bridge the gap.”

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