Tesco faces record breaking equal pay claim

Tesco is now tackling the biggest equal pay claim in Britain, as well as a bill of a possible £4 billion.

Female store staff earn less than men though the work they do is comparable. Tesco have stated that they have worked hard to guarantee that all staff have been paid “fairly and equally.” However, thousands of female workers in Tesco shops may well receive back pay totalling £20,000 if the legal challenge demanding equality with men who work in the company’s warehouses is successful.

According to the legal claim, shop assistants have said they earn as much as £3 an hour less than male warehouse workers in roles alike. Tesco warehouse staff earn from about £8.50 an hour up to more than £11 an hour, however store staff earn about £8 an hour in basic pay, according to the claim.


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Leigh Day solicitors have been contacted more than 1000 times by Tesco staff and will, this week, take preliminary legal action for 100 of them. Leigh Day have stated that up to 200,000 supermarket workers, mostly women, could be affected. The first stage, of what will most likely be an extensive legal process, has been lodged already with initial claims asserted with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

A statement made by Tesco declares:

“Tesco has always been a place for people to get on in their career, regardless of their gender, background or education, and we work hard to make sure all our colleagues are paid fairly and equally for the jobs they do.”

An anonymous source who works for Tesco said:

“The fact a gender pay gap exists in 2018 is baffling enough, never mind at one of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains.  Workload is dispersed equally among both genders in my workplace so it is quite ridiculous to see men getting paid more.”

With the centenary of women’s suffrage just past, it seems only timely for these claims to be made considered. Even if a small number of women’s claims are successful, the bill facing Tesco could be considerable.

With Carrie Gracie’s resignation as the BBC’s China Editor last month highlighting the issue of equal pay, as well as Glasgow City Council being poised to ask for government assistance last week to plug a budget void of up to £500 million due to a landmark legal ruling on equal pay, it definitely portrays that the issue of equal pay in a wide array of sectors is far from over.

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