Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has joined the Transport and General Workers Union in condemning Sainsbury’s decision to freeze the pay of some of its employees in its latest pay review.
The dispute stretches back to June 2003, when Sainsbury offered its employees a new pay structure called Rewarding Good Service. Staff gave up overtime and shift premiums in exchange for a compensatory lump sum of up to £1,000 and an extra 2.5% pay rise in addition to the 2.5% already on offer. Staff who felt this was not in their long-term interests were allowed to keep the shift premiums but were given just the basic 2.5% pay increase.
But this year, Sainsbury is proposing a 2.5% pay increase for staff on the RGS contracts and a pay freeze for the 15% of employees who opted out of the new contract.