Asda faces £100 million bill after thousands of women get the go ahead to claim for equal pay in employment tribunal ‘victory’

Outrageous. From the article:

The case was brought on behalf of a group of women, mainly in hourly paid jobs in stores, comparing their pay to mainly male staff in distribution depots.

I worked as an executive for some years in the logistics sector, including three very happy years with Exel Logistics, and the idea that there’s an equivalence between the demands faced by shop workers and warehouse workers is ridiculous to me. Whenever possible I check out my own groceries in Tesco, Lidl etc. – not Waitrose, obviously, on the grounds of my financial situation – and I save time because the queues are shorter, and I scan goods faster than most store staff. I wouldn’t dream of claiming that I could today (at 58) physically carry out the demands required of warehouse workers.

Also, warehouse workers are often required to work unsocial hours, including night shifts. Such considerations are invariably missing from ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ claims, to the benefit of women, as are risk, unpleasantness of working environment – e.g. warehouses for chilled or frozen produce – time spent away from home…

The bottom line?

If women working in Asda stores (or other stores) want the pay of warehouse workers, they should… er… become warehouse workers. They will find no ‘glass ceiling’ there (or anywhere else, for that matter).

It wouldn’t be long before most of the women would be clamouring to return to sitting on their backsides ‘working’, checking bags of crisps over scanners.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • Well I suspect all this will simply speed up the “self check out” systems. Already my local Tesco has invested heavily in these and the “scan as you go” . The public are increasingly doing the checkout job as you say and soon they’ll not need checkout staff. Due to work and caring commitments I often shop late evening. And this appears to be a largely “female free” time in terms of staff, even on checkout seems to usually be young men, and the “Groceries Team”, shelf fillers, display movers etc. all men. So unfair of the men to do the physical work and unsocial hours.

  • The no win no fee solicitors behind these claims are moving on to private companies having virtually bankrupted local authorities and NHS Trusts.
    Birmingham City Council had to sell its interest in the National Indoor Arena to meet the equal pay bill.
    It also explains why public sector contracting is so complicated. No local authority will contract work employing mainly men and work employing mainly women to the same contractor even if a contractor was mad enough to tender for it. An equal pay claim requires an actual comparator, i.e. a real, named person, in the employment of the same organisation, so the aim is to see that there is no such comparator.
    If Veolia empty the bins for X County Council and Carillion clean the schools, then there is no man in the employ of Carillion for the lazy women to compare themselves with, so no equal pay claims.

  • Pretty soon nurses might demand equal salary to doctors ‘.