Dagenham MP condemns Sainburys’ ‘unscrupulous’ wage changes


‘Diluting terms and conditions’

This week the Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas was one of over 100 MPs that co-signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging action on the ‘unscrupulous contract changes’ announced by Sainsbury’s in March.

The changes being proposed would see some employees receive a welcome pay rise, whilst 10 per cent of staff would suffer a staggering loss in wages of up to £3,000 per year.


Mr Cruddas said: “Workers at the Dagenham distribution centre are being paid £1.39 an hour less than their comrades 10 minutes down the road in Thurrock.

This is not the only recent example of large companies diluting terms and conditions. Last week Jon Cruddas MP visited the picket line at Tesco’s Dagenham distribution centre where members of USDAW (the shop workers union) were on strike over a pay dispute.

“It just isn’t good enough and I fully supported their decision to take strike action.”

The letter to Theresa May regarding Sainsbury’s comes after a petition was launched by one of the shop floor workers calling on Sainsbury’s to reconsider their decision.

The petition has attracted over 100,000 signatures so far and you can add your name
It is estimated that around 13,000 employees will be hit in a negative way by the changes including staff working unsociable hours will see earnings slashed, and staff working nights will only receive night pay between 12am-5am.

Fair wage

Mr Cruddas continued: “A fair wage for a day’s work is the very least that hardworking, loyal staff deserve. I am completely dismayed that a well-respected company such as Sainsbury’s would use smoke and mirror tactics like this – introducing a basic pay rise whilst watering down terms and conditions which will see a drop in real-term wages.”

Trade unions are currently engaged in talks with Sainsbury’s on behalf of their members.

The MP added: “ I am imploring people to get behind the workers in solidarity.”


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