Shoppers Are Now Boycotting ASDA Over ‘Controversial’ Detail

The supermarket has since made a statement.


Loyal customers of the supermarket brand ASDA are ‘turning their backs’ on them after finding an employee had reportedly been sacked after working for 13-years because they wouldn’t sign a ‘ridiculous’ new clause in their contract.

People on Twitter voiced that they were in shock and ‘full of anger’ after former employee Duncan Carson claimed he’d been asked to sign a contract “agreeing to work whatever days, hours and Bank holidays that suits them that week”. He worked in a store near this home in Stoke On Trent.

His initial Twitter post went viral and he had managed to get the hashtag #BoycottASDA trending. His post read: “At midnight I was sacked by Asda after 13 years. Not for doing anything wrong but for refusing to sign a new contract agreeing to work whatever days, hours and Bank holidays that suits them that week. Not asked, told. Sign it or you’re fired. Are you next?”

After reading the shocking tweet, many people voiced their support for Duncan, with one in particular saying: “I’m due to go to my local @Asda on Friday & do a shop which normally I spent around £400. I won’t be doing that now. Another supermarket will have my custom. ‘Boycott Asda’ is trending, says enough. This decision will come back to bite you in the arse @AsdaServiceTeam. Very silly,”

Another angry consumer wrote: “Disgraceful. We don’t generally shop in Asda but will absolutely never shop there again as long as they continue to bully their employees this way.”

A third chimed: “Outrageous & shouldn’t be allowed to happen… same old story, money first people 2nd #boycottasda.”

A spokesperson for the supermarket has since said: “We have always been clear that we understand people have responsibilities outside of work and we will always help them to balance these with their work life; we will not be asking them to constantly move the time they work, their days or departments.

“We do not want anyone to leave us as a result of this necessary change and so we have written to the fewer than 300 colleagues who have not signed the contract to offer a little more time to sign up and continue to work with us, should they wish.

“Whilst retail as a whole is under continued pressure, we will do all we can to ensure we have a sustainable business for our customers, our colleagues and the communities we serve.”

[Featured Image Credit: ASDA]

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