What’s happening at Asda?
Distribution staff in 20 depots have just voted 3 to 1 in favour of strike action. Union GMB says it’s due to unpaid bonuses and the introduction of new technology that will "harm staff". Asda claim just 1.5% of staff voted.
This issue has been bubbling away for months and, whichever side is ‘right’ and whatever the numbers involved, I can’t help feeling that Asda’s halo is beginning to slip.
The retailer, now part of the Walmart empire, was once held up as a shining example of best practice in internal communication and people management.
For many years it was ranked highly in the Great Place to Work surveys, winning first place in 2003. In 2004 it was ranked third. Last year saw Asda slip to 38th on the list. It didn’t appear at all in this year’s top 50. In my simple mind that looks like a pattern.
Whether perception or reality, Asda clearly has a problem.