Loyal customers of the supermarket brand ASDA are ‘turning their backs’ on them after finding an employee had reportedly been sacked after working for 13-years because they wouldn’t sign a ‘ridiculous’ new clause in their contract.
People on Twitter voiced that they were in shock and ‘full of anger’ after former employee Duncan Carson claimed he’d been asked to sign a contract “agreeing to work whatever days, hours and Bank holidays that suits them that week”. He worked in a store near this home in Stoke On Trent.
His initial Twitter post went viral and he had managed to get the hashtag #BoycottASDA trending. His post read: “At midnight I was sacked by Asda after 13 years. Not for doing anything wrong but for refusing to sign a new contract agreeing to work whatever days, hours and Bank holidays that suits them that week. Not asked, told. Sign it or you’re fired. Are you next?”
At midnight I was sacked by Asda after 13 years. Not for doing anything wrong but for refusing to sign a new contract agreeing to work whatever days, hours and Bank holidays that suits them that week. Not asked, told. Sign it or you’re fired.
Are you next?— Duncan Carson (@DuncanCarson6) November 3, 2019
After reading the shocking tweet, many people voiced their support for Duncan, with one in particular saying: “I’m due to go to my local @Asda on Friday & do a shop which normally I spent around £400. I won’t be doing that now. Another supermarket will have my custom. ‘Boycott Asda’ is trending, says enough. This decision will come back to bite you in the arse @AsdaServiceTeam. Very silly,”
Another angry consumer wrote: “Disgraceful. We don’t generally shop in Asda but will absolutely never shop there again as long as they continue to bully their employees this way.”
A third chimed: “Outrageous & shouldn’t be allowed to happen… same old story, money first people 2nd #boycottasda.”
A spokesperson for the supermarket has since said: “We have always been clear that we understand people have responsibilities outside of work and we will always help them to balance these with their work life; we will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.
“We do not want anyone to leave us as a result of this necessary change and so we have written to the fewer than 300 colleagues who have not signed the contract to offer a little more time to sign up and continue to work with us, should they wish.
“Whilst retail as a whole is under continued pressure, we will do all we can to ensure we have a sustainable business for our customers, our colleagues and the communities we serve.”
[Featured Image Credit: ASDA]