16 Aug 2007
In an official secret ballot conducted by the ERS, the result of which was announced today, workers at the ASDASkelmersdale distribution depot voted by over 6 to 1 to be represented by GMB.
This follows overwhelming votes by ASDAworkers at Erith and Chepstow distribution depots for collective bargaining by GMB, late last year. These ballots for recognition of GMB and for collective bargaining arise from a national agreement in 2006 between ASDAWal-mart and GMB on these issues covering all distribution depots in the UK.
Eddie Gaudie, GMB Organiser for the north west of England said, “GMB members at ASDAdepot in Skelmersdale will be delighted with the result of this secret ballot. Workers at the depot have voted by over 6 to 1, in a huge turnout, to be represented by GMB and to have their pay and conditions determined by collective bargaining. GMB is determined to ensure that collective bargaining and trade union representation leads to improved pay and conditions in ASDAand that work regimes are healthy and safe. GMB members have a lot of work to do to build on this vote to secure the improvements that ASDAworkers have clearly voted for. The vote comes as no surprise to GMB and my earnest hope is that the ASDAWal-mart management fully respects the desire of their workers to be represented by GMB and to have their pay and conditions determined by collective agreements.”
From the GMB website