Any win on Equal Pay is a win for everyone. Celebrate your win, no matter how big or small
it feels, so that others can see that better is possible. Your success in winning a fairer pay
structure in your workplace changes that workplace for the better. If women are paid
equally to men for similar work then the value we place on that work changes and that
changes society. Winning on equal pay now ensures better pay, conditions and working
lives for future generations. Be proud of what you have achieved!
GMB members in Dundee, Birmingham and across the UK in ASDA stores have lodged
thousands of equal pay claims with the aim of pay justice and recognition of the value of
their work. In March 2021 they hailed a ‘massive victory’ as the Supreme Court ruled in
favour of 40,000 workers. The ruling means shop floor staff at Asda can be compared to
workers in the distribution centre for the purposes of their equal pay claim.
Wendy Arundale, who worked for Asda for 32 years, said: “I’m delighted that shop floor
workers are one step closer to achieving equal pay. I loved my job, but knowing that male
colleagues working in distribution centres were being paid more left a bitter taste in my
mouth. It’s not much to ask to be paid an equal wage for work of equal value, and I’m glad
that the supreme court reached the same conclusion as all the other courts.”
Each campaign and each claim lodged is a reminder that we have a long way to go to
ensure that women’s work is properly valued and rewarded. Building on our successes and
experience is key to preventing equal pay issues in the future and ensuring that women will
be paid equally for work of ‘equal value’ from the start.
Read more on the GMB website