Morrisons facing equal pay claim worth over £1 billion.
Supermarket chain Morrisons is facing a legal claim regarding equal pay, it has been revealed.
Compensation is being sought for women working in stores who believe that they have been paid less than men working in the distribution centres, despite doing comparable work.
A claim has been lodged with conciliation service ACAS and they are awaiting a response from Morrisons CEO David Potts, who has been written to contacted requesting pay and gender information for the company’s workers.
Should Morrisons’ actions be ruled unlawful, the final bill for back pay could be in excess of a billion pounds, as Morrisons has around 80,000 store staff eligible to claim.
The unhappy employees believe that those working in the predominantly male-dominated distribution centres are paid considerably more than the largely female-staffed stores, a trend that is seen across some of the biggest supermarkets in the country.
A spokesperson for Morrisons’ employees said: “We believe that Morrisons, as with the other major supermarkets, has underpaid those working in its stores for a number of years.
“Colleagues working on the shop floor should be paid the same as those in the distribution centres, and a failure to commit to this is not only unfair but unlawful.
“This legal action is being taken forward to ensure that the work done in stores and distribution centres is recognised as being of equal value; not the same work, but work of equal value and that those working on the shop floor should be paid the same as their colleagues in distribution.”
Morrisons is the last of the ‘big four’ supermarkets to have legal action taken against it, as staff at Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have all previously made similar equal pay related claims.