Sep 28, 2021

Morrisons supermarket workers win first round in equal pay battle

Thousands of store workers at UK supermarket chain Wm Morrison have won the first round of their legal battle for equal pay. UK retailers including Asda, J Sainsbury, Tesco, the Co-op and Next are all facing equal pay lawsuits and it has been estimated that equal pay claims brought by supermarket workers could cost the retail sector £10bn if the retailers eventually lose all their cases. This year, the UK's Supreme Court ruled in favour of 44,000 female supermarket workers in the first stage of their long-running equal pay claim against Asda. The court ruled that the Asda supermarket workers could directly compare their roles to the pay of the mostly male staff who are employed at depots as part of Asda's distribution operation. In June, thousands of Tesco shop floor workers, represented by Leigh Day, won a legal argument in their fight for equal pay when the European Court of Justice ruled that the "Single source" test applied to businesses in the UK. This means a worker can compare their role to somebody working in a different part of the business if a single entity has the power to correct the pay gap.

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