Scepticism over Sainsbury’s Asda job assurances as Unite calls for legally binding guarantees

Britain’s largest union, Unite expressed scepticism over public assurances by Sainsbury’s and Asda that there would be no job losses as a result of their proposed merger.

Calling for legally binding guarantees covering workers in distribution centres, logistics as well as stores, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite is sceptical about public assurances that there will be no job losses or store closures as a result of the merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda. 

“Both supermarket giants have earmarked £500 million in synergies from the merger, which from the bitter experience of our members means job losses at some point down the line.

“It is not just store workers who could be under threat from a drive to achieve ‘synergies’, but the thousands who work in distribution centres and logistics across the UK.   

“I will be meeting Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe seeking assurances that public promises over jobs and stores will be backed up with legally binding guarantees on job security for all workers.

“We would also urge the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee to use its position to consider the merger and its impact on the sector and the jobs it sustains.”   


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.  

Notes to editors: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.