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Asda in Wisbech confirms that it is ‘open as usual’ despite union saying it will close while 170 staff members strike

A supermarket which has 170 of its workers going on strike this weekend as they claim their hours have been cut and seen an increase in “toxic management” has confirmed it is “open as usual”.

It was initially believed that Asda in Wisbech would close from 10am-2pm today and Saturday while workers went on strike.

However, the supermarket giant has since told the Fenland Citizen that it remains “open as usual” and was “disappointed” that the GMB has taken this course of action.

Asda Wisbech. Picture credit: Google Maps
Asda Wisbech. Picture credit: Google Maps

A spokesperson from Asda said: “While we are disappointed that the GMB has taken this course of action, we can reassure customers that the Wisbech store will open as usual over the Easter weekend.

“We have taken practical steps in Wisbech to address the points raised by the GMB and will continue to engage with their representatives with the aim of reaching an amicable solution for all parties.”

Workers say they are also angry about poor levels of training and support for their job roles, the equal pay claim dragging on for years, health, safety and fire safety issues being ignored and a lack of collective bargaining with GMB Union.

Keith Dixon, GMB regional organiser, said: “Asda Wisbech workers are forced to endure cuts to hours, non-existent training, toxic management and multiple health, safety and fire failings.

“They’re fighting back and will take to the picket lines this Easter.

“Asda Wisbech workers are standing up for themselves and this once proud store, which is being left to rot.”

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