Morrisons boosts staff pay by nine per cent
Written by Bridgwater Mercury on January 13, 2021
STAFF at Morrisons in Taunton and Bridgwater have been given a pay boost after the supermarket chain announced a new pay deal for its workers.
It is guaranteeing all employees will be paid at least £10 an hour.
The new deal will start in April and will see the majority of Morrisons 96,000 staff pocketing a nine per cent pay rise.
Morrisons’ minimum hourly pay currently stands at £9.20 an hour.
The cost of the increase will be met by direct payroll investment and a change in the firm’s discretionary annual colleague bonus scheme.
It comes after staff said they would prefer a guaranteed amount in their hourly rate and to receive it in their four-weekly pay packet.
David Potts, Morrisons chief executive, said: “It’s great to be able to say that in the UK from April this year, if you work at Morrisons supermarkets, you will earn at least £10 an hour.
“It’s a symbolic and important milestone that represents another step in rewarding the incredibly important work that our colleagues do up and down the country.
“Over the last year we have seen renewed and widespread appreciation in the UK for our colleagues who have had an incredibly tough 2020, working tirelessly so Britain could eat well and shop safely throughout the pandemic.
“Morrisons colleagues have earned their status as key workers, and this pay increase, many times over.”
Joanne McGuinness, Usdaw national officer, said: “The new consolidated hourly rate is now the leading rate of the major supermarkets, which is paid every hour and removes the uncertainty of a bonus payment.
“It is a big step forward, shows that Morrisons is prepared to invest in the staff to help grow the business and I hope that the deal is supported by our members in the ballot.
“It’s been a tough time for food retail staff who have worked throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances.
“They provide the essential service of keeping the nation fed and deserve our support, respect and appreciation. Most of all they deserve decent pay and this offer is a welcome boost.”
The pay deal announced today is subject to a ballot opening on 27 January 2021.
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