Press release: Urgent action required from Asda to address pay issues

Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon is calling for urgent action from Asda following reports that some workers are not receiving the correct pay due to payroll issues.

The Scottish Labour and Co-operative representative expressed concern after learning that that some Asda employees had turned to foodbanks and pay day lenders to make ends meet over the past few months.

Following discussions with the trade union GMB Scotland, Monica Lennon has written to Asda bosses demanding the error is corrected as a matter of urgency.

She said: “It is simply unacceptable that some Asda employees are having to rely on foodbanks and expensive pay day loans because they haven’t received the money they worked for.

“I have been in discussions with the GMB union who have also told me that some staff have been taxed over and above their usual rate when they have finally received the correct wage, causing further distress.

“This is just not good enough from a company of Asda’s stature and as a major employer throughout Lanarkshire and Falkirk in the Central Scotland region that I represent.

“It certainly should not be happening during a cost-of-living crisis and I am speaking out on behalf of my constituents who are worried about making ends meet.”

She continued: “The GMB estimate that there were 6000 errors in April and more than 11,000 in June.

“This is not an acceptable way to treat hardworking staff and I hope Asda will resolve the issues quickly.”