Thousands of Morrisons workers awaiting compensation in a row of £ 100million equal pay
Most shop workers say they are paid less than their predominantly male counterparts who work in Morrisons warehouses, and are now one step closer to better pay
Thousands of Morrisons employees are set to get £ 100million in extra pay after a new employment court ruling.
The ruling, rendered by Judge Davies of the Leeds Employment Tribunal, confirmed that Morrisons shop workers can compare their wages with staff at the supermarket’s distribution center.
The 2,300 predominantly female employees are fighting for a pay equal to that of predominantly male employees in warehouses worth around £ 100million.
Yesterday in a Leeds labor court, labor judge Davies said: “It is not necessary for claimants at this stage to specify an RDC [Regional Distribution Centre] to compare with every supermarket.
“They rely on comparators working in all the DRC and the question at this stage is therefore whether a worker from one of the DRC who moved to a depot in one of the stores would be hired under broad conditions. similar. For the reasons given, I think they would.
The next step is for Leigh Day’s attorneys, working for Morrisons staff, to argue that these roles are of equal value.
If that is successful, Morrisons must explain why the two roles should be paid differently – outlawing gender discrimination.
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Morrisons employee Liam Blight (not his real name) said: “It feels like we’re closer to getting the recognition we deserve.
“You can’t fill the shelves fast enough and if you are called to checkout there is no one in the store to stock the shelves, so they are left empty.
“Some customers are respectful, and they understand that you work the hardest, but others don’t care, and you are fooled because the shelves are empty.
“To take all of this and get paid less than the folks in the fulfillment center doesn’t seem fair. Yes, the demand in distribution centers is high but they do not have face to face interactions with customers. , they do not suffer abuse and confrontation. “
A Morrisons spokesperson said: “The decision does not decide whether the roles of retail and logistics are of equal value. Morrisons pays a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and will continue to fully defend these proceedings. “
Morrisons isn’t the only supermarket facing a similar legal challenge.
Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s reached a similar point in its own wage dispute – also over checkout staff who want to be paid in accordance with their fellow warehouse workers.
In early September, the supermarket admitted the roles of workshop workers are as tough as better paid warehouse staff .
Staff at Sainsbury’s distribution centers can be paid £ 1.50 to £ 4 more per hour than those working at stacking shelves or at checkouts.
That’s a difference of thousands of pounds a year between roles.
The 3,714 workers at Sainsbury’s have filed equal claims against the supermarket, arguing that their jobs are as demanding as the roles of distribution centers.
The supermarket must now prove that there is a reason for the pay gap that is not based on gender, or else show that the two roles are not equal in value.