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GMB taking Asda to court over equal pay

SUPERMARKET chain Asda is in court tomorrow attempting to overturn a decision on equal pay affecting 17,000 workers.

General union GMB challenged the company over a pay gap between workers at its distribution depots and workers in its stores.

Distribution depot workers, who are predominantly men, are paid more than store workers, who are predominantly women.

The union says that the work of both groups is of equal value.

The company lost the case at an Employment Tribunal in October 2016, and at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in August 2017. It lost again in the Court of Appeal in January this year.

Asda is seeking permission in Manchester Crown Court to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Susan Harris, GMB legal director, said: “While Asda wastes money on lawyers’ bills chasing a lost cause, losing appeal after appeal, tens of thousands of women workers remain out of pocket.”

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