(Reuters) – Supermarket chain Morrisons is dealing with equal pay claims price over 1 billion kilos, legislation agency Leigh Day mentioned on Tuesday, searching for compensation for ladies who imagine they have been paid lower than males in distribution centres.
FILE PHOTO: Shoppers stroll previous a department of the meals retailer Morrisons in west London, Britain, January 7, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
Leigh Day mentioned in an announcement that Morrisons has round 80,000 retailer employees eligible to assert, which may lead to a invoice for again pay of over 1 billion kilos if the retailer’s motion are found illegal.
The legislation agency is already engaged on claims on behalf of 30,000 employees in Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco Plc British shops for as much as four billion kilos.
“We believe that Morrisons, as with the other major supermarkets, has underpaid those working in its stores for a number of years,” Emma Satyamurti, a associate in Leigh Day, mentioned within the assertion. “The big four supermarkets in the UK make vast amounts each year in profits – it is time that they faced up to their legal obligations under Equal Pay legislation.”
Morrisons was requested by the legislation agency if it carried out an equal pay audit, Leigh Day mentioned.
A spokesperson for Morrisons mentioned: “We are not aware of any court proceedings issued by a third party. We have received a letter asking us a number of questions about our pay policies. Our aim is to pay our colleagues fairly and equally for the job that they do, irrespective of their gender.”
Leigh Day additionally mentioned it believed workers working in male-dominated distribution centres have been paid significantly greater than largely female-staffed shops.
Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru and James Davey; Editing by Leslie Adler