Call for Tesco to end ‘discrimination’ of workers

Author: By Alan Jones, Press Association

Unite will table a resolution at the AGM in Glasgow as part of its long
running campaign claiming that some workers in Tesco’s UK supply chain were
experiencing “harsh and divisive” conditions.

The union said it believed structural discrimination existed in many parts of
the supply chain that provides meat to Tesco with agency workers,
overwhelmingly migrant, on poorer conditions of employment, undercutting
indigenous workers.

Deputy general secretary Jack Dromey said: “The exploitation of migrant agency
workers and undercutting of indigenous workers divides workplaces, damages
community social cohesion and fuels racism.

“Now we take their cause to the AGM of Tesco shareholders, holding Terry Leahy
(Tesco chief executive) to account.

“Tesco leads in size but lags behind competitor supermarkets who are accepting
their responsibilities. The meat industry will forever be scarred by
exploitation, undercutting and discrimination if the dominant player washes
its hands of responsibility.

“Unite will be outside the Tesco AGM protesting but we’ll also be inside,
calling for action.”

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is conducting an inquiry into the
UK’s multibillion-pound meat industry in England and Wales for evidence of
employment abuse and discrimination.

Tesco said it welcomed the review, in which it was fully participating, adding
that the issues were industry-wide.

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