Ridiculous. If shop assistants (of either sex) wish to earn more by becoming warehouse workers, then they should damn well apply to become warehouse workers. To compare the two jobs is ridiculous, for many reasons, and only done in a bid to raise women’s earnings, without requiring them to do equivalent work (Wimbledon equal pay, anyone?) The end of the BBC piece:
Asda said: “Our hourly rates of pay in stores are the same for female and male colleagues and this is equally true in our depots.
“Pay rates in stores differ from pay rates in distribution centres because the demands of the jobs in stores and the jobs in distribution centres are very different; they operate in different market sectors and we pay the market rate in those sectors regardless of gender.”
Asda intends to apply to the Supreme Court to appeal against the ruling there. We wish them every success.
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