‘We now call on Asda to sit down with us to reach agreement on the back pay owed to our members – which could run to hundreds of millions of pounds.’
An Asda spokesman said today: ‘This ruling relates to one stage of a complex case that is likely to take several years to reach a conclusion.
‘We are defending these claims because the pay in our stores and distribution centres is the same for colleagues doing the same jobs regardless of their gender.
‘Retail and distribution are very different sectors with their own distinct skill sets and pay rates. Asda has always paid colleagues the market rate in these sectors and we remain confident in our case.’
The litigation began some years ago. In 2016, an employment tribunal decided that store workers were entitled to compare themselves to distribution staff.
That decision was upheld by Court of Appeal judges in 2019. Asda bosses then appealed to the Supreme Court.
Previously, lawyers had said the store workers’ fight would not end, even if Supreme Court justices had ruled in their favour, and the litigation could run on for years.
They had said the next stage would have involved an employment tribunal deciding whether specific store and distribution jobs were of ‘equal value’.
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