Anger as Asda announces closure of staff canteens at four Bolton supermarkets

The Bolton News: Asda in Astley Bridge Asda in Astley Bridge

STAFF have reacted with anger over a supermarket’s plans to close its works canteens.

If the proposals are approved, subsidised meals and up to 20 jobs could be lost at Asda’s four stores in Bolton.

Axing the canteens and replacing them with vending machines is part of a national cost-cutting initiative by the supermarket chain.

It affects Asda stores at Brackley Street in Farnworth, Manchester Road, Burnden, at Moss Bank Way, Astley Bridge and Horwich’s Middlebrook retail park.

An Asda spokesman said the move was “currently a proposal” and no final decision had been made.

However, the move has angered staff in Bolton.

One worker, who asked not to be named, said: “What Asda are doing means that we will be unable to have great home cooked food for breakfast and dinner. We will be left with a kettle, toaster, microwave and vending machine.

“So all the staff who work very long hours will not be able to have hot food and the staff starting at 4am will be unable to have a good hearty breakfast.”

The Asda spokesman said: “We are always looking at how we can be as efficient as possible in the way we operate our business and offer the best to our colleagues.


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“We’re currently looking at investing in a new food vending offer in our older superstores, which will ensure all our colleagues have access to a healthy range of food, night and day.

“Our new stores and supermarkets already have a vending operation, which offers colleagues a range of sandwiches, salads and snacks and nutritious microwavable meals 24 hours a day.

“We think this way of providing our colleagues with food could provide a healthy and varied option.

“No final decision has been made and we are consulting with colleagues on the detail of these propels to make sure we take into account all views.”

The news came days after Asda — owned by US giant WalMart — announced 200 jobs will go, mainly at its Leeds headquarters, as part of a cost-saving plan to fight rivals.

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7:49am Thu 3 Apr 14

vicric87 says...

Asda are a terrible company to work for. My mum has had nothing but trouble and nastiness from her colleagues and bosses. She was forced to quit in the end because they did nothing to sort it out. It's a company that cares more about its customers than its employees and this is just another step in that direction.
Asda are a terrible company to work for. My mum has had nothing but trouble and nastiness from her colleagues and bosses. She was forced to quit in the end because they did nothing to sort it out. It's a company that cares more about its customers than its employees and this is just another step in that direction. vicric87
  • Score: 40

8:30am Thu 3 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Time to boycott,

Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,
Time to boycott, Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare, Jim271
  • Score: 37

9:02am Thu 3 Apr 14

stereo_world says...

Jim271 wrote:
Time to boycott,

Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,
I beg to differ. I worked there for a year and a half - worst job I ever had.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Time to boycott, Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,[/p][/quote]I beg to differ. I worked there for a year and a half - worst job I ever had. stereo_world
  • Score: 22

9:11am Thu 3 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

stereo_world wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
Time to boycott,

Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,
I beg to differ. I worked there for a year and a half - worst job I ever had.
Agreed Morrisons is worse than asda and will go the same way as somerfields has. its a shame they want to close this but would they rather have this or their own jobs made harder by reducing the shop floor staff, thereby increasing their workload?? times change and needs must. But tell asda if they want to make more £££ in these hard times charge the same price as aldi/lidl for their quality stuff and get rid of horrible smart price stuff as if you charge too much for quality stuff people will eat the smart price rubbish then be dissapointed with it and stop using them!! common sense really
[quote][p][bold]stereo_world[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Time to boycott, Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,[/p][/quote]I beg to differ. I worked there for a year and a half - worst job I ever had.[/p][/quote]Agreed Morrisons is worse than asda and will go the same way as somerfields has. its a shame they want to close this but would they rather have this or their own jobs made harder by reducing the shop floor staff, thereby increasing their workload?? times change and needs must. But tell asda if they want to make more £££ in these hard times charge the same price as aldi/lidl for their quality stuff and get rid of horrible smart price stuff as if you charge too much for quality stuff people will eat the smart price rubbish then be dissapointed with it and stop using them!! common sense really itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 15

9:14am Thu 3 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Asda is a horrible shop, from the brash abrasive colour scheme, brash chavtastic offers and layout, to their brash chavtastic advertising.

I was in Asda Astley Bridge last Thursday/Friday night and two members of the night crew where having a full on shouting argument about where one of them had put a pallet. Swearing n' all.
Asda is a horrible shop, from the brash abrasive colour scheme, brash chavtastic offers and layout, to their brash chavtastic advertising. I was in Asda Astley Bridge last Thursday/Friday night and two members of the night crew where having a full on shouting argument about where one of them had put a pallet. Swearing n' all. atlas123
  • Score: 20

9:20am Thu 3 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Time to boycott,

Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,
How often do you come out of Morrisons though and think you have a bargain ?
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Time to boycott, Shop at Morrisons they are still British and do not use slave labour Workfare,[/p][/quote]How often do you come out of Morrisons though and think you have a bargain ? Wolfie190
  • Score: 11

10:10am Thu 3 Apr 14

Chrome1 says...

Who friggin' cares? These are commercial enterprises, not public services. They can do what the heck they want. Let these multinational, profit driven businesses implode. I'll even park on their disabled bays and I don't even have a badge!! Stuff their parking tickets. They make out as if they are some kind of amazing caring corporations. The the Bolton News will always promote them as benevolent institutions. Wake up people.
Who friggin' cares? These are commercial enterprises, not public services. They can do what the heck they want. Let these multinational, profit driven businesses implode. I'll even park on their disabled bays and I don't even have a badge!! Stuff their parking tickets. They make out as if they are some kind of amazing caring corporations. The the Bolton News will always promote them as benevolent institutions. Wake up people. Chrome1
  • Score: -1

10:41am Thu 3 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

What a god awful company. I've known loads who have worked for them and none has, or had, a good word to say for them.

Profits first and foremost, and stuff the workforce, like most big companies these days. They are running scared of outfits like ALDI & LIDL, as are Morrisons and the other god awful outfit, Tesco.

Used to buy quite a bit from ASDA prior to the Yanks grabbing it. They are a cheap, tacky and tasteless outfit, and that colour scheme is dire.

If there is a national award for the most horrendous work uniform, then in my opinion ASDA is a billion mile ahead of any others.

I'll stay well clear and hope the workforce end up winning such an unnecessary battle.
What a god awful company. I've known loads who have worked for them and none has, or had, a good word to say for them. Profits first and foremost, and stuff the workforce, like most big companies these days. They are running scared of outfits like ALDI & LIDL, as are Morrisons and the other god awful outfit, Tesco. Used to buy quite a bit from ASDA prior to the Yanks grabbing it. They are a cheap, tacky and tasteless outfit, and that colour scheme is dire. If there is a national award for the most horrendous work uniform, then in my opinion ASDA is a billion mile ahead of any others. I'll stay well clear and hope the workforce end up winning such an unnecessary battle. wsw69
  • Score: 9

10:47am Thu 3 Apr 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Join the rest of us who have to provide our own breakfasts!! And I suspect a "good hearty" breakfast means stuff with a calorie count that would embarrass a professional boxer. Maybe they're doing you (and your heart) a favour...
Join the rest of us who have to provide our own breakfasts!! And I suspect a "good hearty" breakfast means stuff with a calorie count that would embarrass a professional boxer. Maybe they're doing you (and your heart) a favour... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 51

11:55am Thu 3 Apr 14

Lisacoote says...

Join the club very few places of work provide a staff canteen now it's just how things are these days.
Join the club very few places of work provide a staff canteen now it's just how things are these days. Lisacoote
  • Score: 33

12:19pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Melissa53 says...

It's not unusual for employee not to provide staff canteens some don't even provide a staff room I have to eat my lunch at me desk!!!!!
It's not unusual for employee not to provide staff canteens some don't even provide a staff room I have to eat my lunch at me desk!!!!! Melissa53
  • Score: 38

12:59pm Thu 3 Apr 14

wendywoowoo says...

they always put customers 1st cause money mad
they cant make money with out there staff
some start at 4 ,6 ,8 so on
they could at least do a good breaki for them
then n put lunches, teas ,snacks & stuff for nights
in vender
thinking money money all time
ASDA THINK OF YOUR EARLY STARTER
WHO GET UP IN ALL WEATHERS
get a grip eh
they always put customers 1st cause money mad they cant make money with out there staff some start at 4 ,6 ,8 so on they could at least do a good breaki for them then n put lunches, teas ,snacks & stuff for nights in vender thinking money money all time ASDA THINK OF YOUR EARLY STARTER WHO GET UP IN ALL WEATHERS get a grip eh wendywoowoo
  • Score: -12

1:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

adatherton says...

Why don't they just use the public café?
Why don't they just use the public café? adatherton
  • Score: 6

1:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Catman3 says...

Not all Asda's have public Cafés......Astley Bridge hasn't had one for years.
Thing is though Asda discriminate between their colleagues.......som
e get meals provided and others do not.The colleagues that start at noon and work 9-10 hours shifts late into the night haven't been provided with hot canteen meals for years so I'm not sure the early starters really have an argument.
The papers need to get a mole into the workforce to actually understand what is going on with this company.....expose them for what they actually are.Slave labourers that love the fact our government makes up the shortfall in the wages they don't pay.
Not all Asda's have public Cafés......Astley Bridge hasn't had one for years. Thing is though Asda discriminate between their colleagues.......som e get meals provided and others do not.The colleagues that start at noon and work 9-10 hours shifts late into the night haven't been provided with hot canteen meals for years so I'm not sure the early starters really have an argument. The papers need to get a mole into the workforce to actually understand what is going on with this company.....expose them for what they actually are.Slave labourers that love the fact our government makes up the shortfall in the wages they don't pay. Catman3
  • Score: 1

1:44pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Balboa says...

a home cooked meal....at work! Classic numpty comments from someone who will have to do what the rest of the working population does - bring their own. Better still, use staff discount to buy a sandwich, ya muppet!!
a home cooked meal....at work! Classic numpty comments from someone who will have to do what the rest of the working population does - bring their own. Better still, use staff discount to buy a sandwich, ya muppet!! Balboa
  • Score: 7

2:35pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bleedingobvious says...

They should have the intelligence to use the customer canteen with a separate room for staff combinedwith a system of reordering meals which could be reheated.Choice from a weekly menu issued Monday am.
They should have the intelligence to use the customer canteen with a separate room for staff combinedwith a system of reordering meals which could be reheated.Choice from a weekly menu issued Monday am. bleedingobvious
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Thu 3 Apr 14

bleedingobvious says...

Preordering
Preordering bleedingobvious
  • Score: -2

2:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

ke1979 says...

Bit of a disingenuous headline. They haven't 'announced the closure' of four canteens at all have they ? Don't let that stop you though BN.
Bit of a disingenuous headline. They haven't 'announced the closure' of four canteens at all have they ? Don't let that stop you though BN. ke1979
  • Score: 2

2:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

What I think 222 says...

I think it is important for staff morale to keep the canteens open. It makes sense to keep staff happy if you want them to do their best. I have worked at a supermarket in the past, and looked forward to a nice hot meal.
I think it is important for staff morale to keep the canteens open. It makes sense to keep staff happy if you want them to do their best. I have worked at a supermarket in the past, and looked forward to a nice hot meal. What I think 222
  • Score: 2

3:34pm Thu 3 Apr 14

kompani101 says...

If you want to see where ASDA is going have a look at the parent company in America. Poverty wages, employees on food stamps etc., etc.
http://makingchangea
twalmart.org/factshe
et/walmart-watch-fac
t-sheets/fact-sheet-
wages/
If you want to see where ASDA is going have a look at the parent company in America. Poverty wages, employees on food stamps etc., etc. http://makingchangea twalmart.org/factshe et/walmart-watch-fac t-sheets/fact-sheet- wages/ kompani101
  • Score: 11

3:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.
Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

4:33pm Thu 3 Apr 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.
This would've happened but the "spare land" was only allowed to be purchased by them if it was turned to car parking. They changed their minds and submitted plans to extend, which was refused which is why it took so long for the eyesore to be demolished. tbh tho it could benefit from an extension, as farnworth and burnden are full of chavvy scavs and horwich doesnt have the choice of astley bridge, they shouldve just bought the land from the edge tavern which has been a restaurant in the making for quite a while now....
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.[/p][/quote]This would've happened but the "spare land" was only allowed to be purchased by them if it was turned to car parking. They changed their minds and submitted plans to extend, which was refused which is why it took so long for the eyesore to be demolished. tbh tho it could benefit from an extension, as farnworth and burnden are full of chavvy scavs and horwich doesnt have the choice of astley bridge, they shouldve just bought the land from the edge tavern which has been a restaurant in the making for quite a while now.... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

itsnotthatbad wrote:
Ernagy2 wrote:
Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.
This would've happened but the "spare land" was only allowed to be purchased by them if it was turned to car parking. They changed their minds and submitted plans to extend, which was refused which is why it took so long for the eyesore to be demolished. tbh tho it could benefit from an extension, as farnworth and burnden are full of chavvy scavs and horwich doesnt have the choice of astley bridge, they shouldve just bought the land from the edge tavern which has been a restaurant in the making for quite a while now....
I agree. Either that or moved the store round completely.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotthatbad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.[/p][/quote]This would've happened but the "spare land" was only allowed to be purchased by them if it was turned to car parking. They changed their minds and submitted plans to extend, which was refused which is why it took so long for the eyesore to be demolished. tbh tho it could benefit from an extension, as farnworth and burnden are full of chavvy scavs and horwich doesnt have the choice of astley bridge, they shouldve just bought the land from the edge tavern which has been a restaurant in the making for quite a while now....[/p][/quote]I agree. Either that or moved the store round completely. Ernagy2
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Thu 3 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

Trouble at mill,where's Gracie Fields when you need her.
Trouble at mill,where's Gracie Fields when you need her. boltonnut
  • Score: -1

8:07pm Thu 3 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Ernagy2 wrote:
Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.
They used to have a café - where the newspapers and CD's currently are is where it was situated. It also used to house a pharmacy as well, plus lets not forget the old ATS garage that was housed under the deliveries ramp!

I have never understood why they haven't extended at the back of the store to take out the old access road between the man Asda carpark and the small car park that serviced the shops that fronted onto Blackburn Road - no need for it now and could easily be extended on.
[quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.[/p][/quote]They used to have a café - where the newspapers and CD's currently are is where it was situated. It also used to house a pharmacy as well, plus lets not forget the old ATS garage that was housed under the deliveries ramp! I have never understood why they haven't extended at the back of the store to take out the old access road between the man Asda carpark and the small car park that serviced the shops that fronted onto Blackburn Road - no need for it now and could easily be extended on. The Righteous One
  • Score: -39

8:17pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Ernagy2 wrote:
Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.
They used to have a café - where the newspapers and CD's currently are is where it was situated. It also used to house a pharmacy as well, plus lets not forget the old ATS garage that was housed under the deliveries ramp!

I have never understood why they haven't extended at the back of the store to take out the old access road between the man Asda carpark and the small car park that serviced the shops that fronted onto Blackburn Road - no need for it now and could easily be extended on.
I remember it well.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ernagy2[/bold] wrote: Asda at Astley Bridge should open a cafe for the public on that spare land they now have. Staff could then take their breaks there.[/p][/quote]They used to have a café - where the newspapers and CD's currently are is where it was situated. It also used to house a pharmacy as well, plus lets not forget the old ATS garage that was housed under the deliveries ramp! I have never understood why they haven't extended at the back of the store to take out the old access road between the man Asda carpark and the small car park that serviced the shops that fronted onto Blackburn Road - no need for it now and could easily be extended on.[/p][/quote]I remember it well. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Thu 3 Apr 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

The ASDA staff restaurants are subsidised but don't make a monetary loss, because they are run at a small profit and stocked with food etc.. from it's own stores (at cost) so therefore it doesn't cost the company to provide a canteen for its staff. By shutting them the company won't actually save money, but on the other hand a vending machine company will no doubt have to pay to put its machines in the stores. And what will the empty canteen/kitchen be turned into? An extra food aisle? Just goes to show how uncaring a company ASDA/Walmart are.
The ASDA staff restaurants are subsidised but don't make a monetary loss, because they are run at a small profit and stocked with food etc.. from it's own stores (at cost) so therefore it doesn't cost the company to provide a canteen for its staff. By shutting them the company won't actually save money, but on the other hand a vending machine company will no doubt have to pay to put its machines in the stores. And what will the empty canteen/kitchen be turned into? An extra food aisle? Just goes to show how uncaring a company ASDA/Walmart are. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 1

11:51am Fri 4 Apr 14

sallyupsteps says...

Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.
Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British. sallyupsteps
  • Score: -5

12:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

sallyupsteps wrote:
Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.
Are they???

Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it.

Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!!
[quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.[/p][/quote]Are they??? Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it. Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: -27

6:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

sallyupsteps says...

The Righteous One wrote:
sallyupsteps wrote:
Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.
Are they???

Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it.

Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!!
Do you not have a pension, therefore a share in the profit?
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.[/p][/quote]Are they??? Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it. Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!![/p][/quote]Do you not have a pension, therefore a share in the profit? sallyupsteps
  • Score: -4

8:35pm Fri 4 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

sallyupsteps wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
sallyupsteps wrote:
Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.
Are they???

Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it.

Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!!
Do you not have a pension, therefore a share in the profit?
But which companies does my pension fund invest in - definitely not supermarkets, I can tell you that now!

But that is how a pension fund works.. Yes your pension is part of a pot but that pot is buying and selling shares everyday. It may only hold a 100 shares for a couple of hours before selling them on - but lets not also forget that the majority of pension pots also buy and sell shares in the tobacco companies.

A it is over 95% of the pension companies are not actually British and the profits they do make actually go to their shareholers and not to increase your pension pots!
[quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sallyupsteps[/bold] wrote: Does the gringe own asda? First they want us to shop then pack our own bags. Shopping is a pain at Asda, service is non existant at this supermarket. Take you money to Sainsbury at least they are British.[/p][/quote]Are they??? Look at how many investors hold shares in Sainsbury's and how many of them are British? Same goes for the pension companies that have shares in it. Asda, on the other hand was a British supermarket that started up in Leeds in 1949. The management then sold it off to Walmart in 1999 but in 2008 Walmart sold it to Corinth Services Limited which is a British investment company - which is registered in Britain at Companies House and has to submit its accounts to Companies House on an annual basis (unlike the 9 years under Walmart where it didn't)!!![/p][/quote]Do you not have a pension, therefore a share in the profit?[/p][/quote]But which companies does my pension fund invest in - definitely not supermarkets, I can tell you that now! But that is how a pension fund works.. Yes your pension is part of a pot but that pot is buying and selling shares everyday. It may only hold a 100 shares for a couple of hours before selling them on - but lets not also forget that the majority of pension pots also buy and sell shares in the tobacco companies. A it is over 95% of the pension companies are not actually British and the profits they do make actually go to their shareholers and not to increase your pension pots! The Righteous One
  • Score: -29

2:51am Sat 5 Apr 14

waynagain says...

Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?
Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens? waynagain
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Daemon Child says...

I think its disgusting. in other areas they are also looking at closing the staff canteen.

Now if these canteens where to go by the wayside, there would potentially be more people unemployed or having to make massive cuts in their own personal finances and without sounding horrible, the people that are facing the cuts, are the people that need the jobs.

that said, I have seen the effects this company takes on its employees in terms of mental stress that these people face every day. its disturbing to say the least.

People I know, have been told they couldn't take time off to take their child to hospital appointments when they have no one else to help them.

stores running on as little staff as possible to increase the bottom line.

there is the constant pressure to 'do more for less' little job satisfaction, the replacement of good old fashioned customer service being replaced by Robotill who silently puts people out of work.

That said, I hope that the people that rely on a good hot meal inside them, IE the van drivers / delivery drivers etc who get up early in the morning pay attention and possibly blockade the entrance to the stores Convoy Style ;-)

Yes, it may be subsidized, but sometimes a subsidiary is neccessary, as you may be aware, food costs have increased drastically since ConDem came into power along with other living costs, that for us mere mortals, It may be a choice they need to make to ensure at least one hot meal a day for themselves and for some unfortunate working folk, maybe the only meal they have.

so think about what these people go through in their service to you as a customer, whether it be serving you, (provided they havent been Robotised) or working behind the scenes what they do so YOU can get your weekly groceries.

I say dont cut the livelhood of thousands of people working hard hours in a very much thankless job but give these guys (and girls) a pat on the back and a smile, a PAY RISE to LIVING WAGE.

If I was boss of this company, I would be looking at Sacrificing a massive profit margin for a the chance of being a great company where people actually enjoy coming to work the company positively reflects their brand (and a new livary)

Rant over. :-)
I think its disgusting. in other areas they are also looking at closing the staff canteen. Now if these canteens where to go by the wayside, there would potentially be more people unemployed or having to make massive cuts in their own personal finances and without sounding horrible, the people that are facing the cuts, are the people that need the jobs. that said, I have seen the effects this company takes on its employees in terms of mental stress that these people face every day. its disturbing to say the least. People I know, have been told they couldn't take time off to take their child to hospital appointments when they have no one else to help them. stores running on as little staff as possible to increase the bottom line. there is the constant pressure to 'do more for less' little job satisfaction, the replacement of good old fashioned customer service being replaced by Robotill who silently puts people out of work. That said, I hope that the people that rely on a good hot meal inside them, IE the van drivers / delivery drivers etc who get up early in the morning pay attention and possibly blockade the entrance to the stores Convoy Style ;-) Yes, it may be subsidized, but sometimes a subsidiary is neccessary, as you may be aware, food costs have increased drastically since ConDem came into power along with other living costs, that for us mere mortals, It may be a choice they need to make to ensure at least one hot meal a day for themselves and for some unfortunate working folk, maybe the only meal they have. so think about what these people go through in their service to you as a customer, whether it be serving you, (provided they havent been Robotised) or working behind the scenes what they do so YOU can get your weekly groceries. I say dont cut the livelhood of thousands of people working hard hours in a very much thankless job but give these guys (and girls) a pat on the back and a smile, a PAY RISE to LIVING WAGE. If I was boss of this company, I would be looking at Sacrificing a massive profit margin for a the chance of being a great company where people actually enjoy coming to work the company positively reflects their brand (and a new livary) Rant over. :-) Daemon Child
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9:26am Sun 6 Apr 14

Catman3 says...

Asda guys and girls are simply going to have to learn how to pack their butties in a morning.
You have colleagues that work alongside you that have had to do this for some time now and you gave them no support so why are you moaning now ?
There are many jobs in the service industry that don't provide a canteen so you're simply joining one of those numbers........deal with it.
This sound harsh ? I know all too well the realities of working for minimum wages and an uncaring company but sometimes you have to grow up and realise crying over something you're not going to change isn't the way forward.
Asda guys and girls are simply going to have to learn how to pack their butties in a morning. You have colleagues that work alongside you that have had to do this for some time now and you gave them no support so why are you moaning now ? There are many jobs in the service industry that don't provide a canteen so you're simply joining one of those numbers........deal with it. This sound harsh ? I know all too well the realities of working for minimum wages and an uncaring company but sometimes you have to grow up and realise crying over something you're not going to change isn't the way forward. Catman3
  • Score: 1

12:35pm Sun 6 Apr 14

hoboh2o says...

Why keep knocking ASDA, they are no different from other supermarkets with the exception of lidl and Aldi.
They all more or less charge the same prices, they run similar price promotions and pay staff similar wages, oh, and they all are going down the electronic checkout route.
On the wage front, are you prepared to pay more for your shopping so Supermarkets can pay more wages?
In retailing, profit margins are hugely important, the cost of running these vast operations are massive, and they employ a hell of a lot people.
I do not disagree they could pay slightly more wages without too much effect, but they do pay more than the National minimum wage anyway, so put that one to bed.
The biggest gripe most supermarket workers have is the Two/Three day, Sixteen/Twenty four hour contracts offered meaning you can only rely on overtime to make a decent weekly wage but this plays well with some peoples flexibility plans, It would also mean less workers employed if they handed out longer contracts so its not simple.
The staff canteens only ever served around Fifty percent of the employees anyway, those on evenings and nights have used vending machines or bring your own for years.
Why keep knocking ASDA, they are no different from other supermarkets with the exception of lidl and Aldi. They all more or less charge the same prices, they run similar price promotions and pay staff similar wages, oh, and they all are going down the electronic checkout route. On the wage front, are you prepared to pay more for your shopping so Supermarkets can pay more wages? In retailing, profit margins are hugely important, the cost of running these vast operations are massive, and they employ a hell of a lot people. I do not disagree they could pay slightly more wages without too much effect, but they do pay more than the National minimum wage anyway, so put that one to bed. The biggest gripe most supermarket workers have is the Two/Three day, Sixteen/Twenty four hour contracts offered meaning you can only rely on overtime to make a decent weekly wage but this plays well with some peoples flexibility plans, It would also mean less workers employed if they handed out longer contracts so its not simple. The staff canteens only ever served around Fifty percent of the employees anyway, those on evenings and nights have used vending machines or bring your own for years. hoboh2o
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12:47pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Phil from Smithills says...

waynagain wrote:
Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?
They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most.

As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost
[quote][p][bold]waynagain[/bold] wrote: Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?[/p][/quote]They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most. As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost Phil from Smithills
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1:00pm Sun 6 Apr 14

hoboh2o says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
waynagain wrote:
Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?
They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most.

As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost
Actually not a lot of food for the canteens comes from the 'shop' quite a bit is supplied from outside sources.
There is a lot more than just wage cost involved in running a canteen, equipment, maintenance, running costs, etc.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waynagain[/bold] wrote: Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?[/p][/quote]They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most. As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost[/p][/quote]Actually not a lot of food for the canteens comes from the 'shop' quite a bit is supplied from outside sources. There is a lot more than just wage cost involved in running a canteen, equipment, maintenance, running costs, etc. hoboh2o
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Lancashire always says...

I think its great Asda are now saving lives I could have re soled my shoes with the bacon bap I got at Manchester road I nearly broke my teeth trying to bite into it !
I think its great Asda are now saving lives I could have re soled my shoes with the bacon bap I got at Manchester road I nearly broke my teeth trying to bite into it ! Lancashire always
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4:01pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Welcometothedarkside says...

This is what happens when you don't get my orders right ! now think on, because next time I will take your toilet area away, you have been told let that be a lesson.
This is what happens when you don't get my orders right ! now think on, because next time I will take your toilet area away, you have been told let that be a lesson. Welcometothedarkside
  • Score: -1

6:17pm Sun 6 Apr 14

davidjb says...

"a kettle, toaster, microwave and vending machine" lucky them, we have a kettle and a microwave are only able to have 15 minute breaks regardless of hours worked which is illegal anyway and are not allowed to purchase food items on our breaks. so they should consider themselves lucky to some
"a kettle, toaster, microwave and vending machine" lucky them, we have a kettle and a microwave are only able to have 15 minute breaks regardless of hours worked which is illegal anyway and are not allowed to purchase food items on our breaks. so they should consider themselves lucky to some davidjb
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4:13pm Mon 7 Apr 14

waynagain says...

ASDA today announces they will be hiring 12,000 people in the next 5 years. How many companies can claim that?. And for the people who complain that they don't 'treat their staff well', at least those people have a job. If those people only went to work there because there was a canteen, then quit your job and go work at a place where there is a canteen - good luck with that!!!
ASDA today announces they will be hiring 12,000 people in the next 5 years. How many companies can claim that?. And for the people who complain that they don't 'treat their staff well', at least those people have a job. If those people only went to work there because there was a canteen, then quit your job and go work at a place where there is a canteen - good luck with that!!! waynagain
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Mon 7 Apr 14

waynagain says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
waynagain wrote: Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?
They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most. As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost
So, how many employees should a company have for them to provide a canteen?
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waynagain[/bold] wrote: Do Lidl and Aldi have employee canteens?[/p][/quote]They don't have the same amount of staff employed in those stores, look at the checkouts usually only 1 or three at the most. As clitheroe blue boy said, the food at cost from store etc., can only see a wage cost[/p][/quote]So, how many employees should a company have for them to provide a canteen? waynagain
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Mon 7 Apr 14

holloway_david says...

boltonnut wrote:
Trouble at mill,where's Gracie Fields when you need her.
Up our Alley.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Trouble at mill,where's Gracie Fields when you need her.[/p][/quote]Up our Alley. holloway_david
  • Score: -1

11:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Catman3 says...

waynagain wrote:
ASDA today announces they will be hiring 12,000 people in the next 5 years. How many companies can claim that?. And for the people who complain that they don't 'treat their staff well', at least those people have a job. If those people only went to work there because there was a canteen, then quit your job and go work at a place where there is a canteen - good luck with that!!!
And how many of these proposed positions will be full time contracts ?
How many of any of the positions will be on the recommended living wage ?
None and none so thanks for not a lot Wall-Mart.
I'm not defending these guys because I think the canteen argument a bit of a joke but so was this rubbish that hit the news today.
They're not into doing anyone any favours other than increasing their coverage across the UK.......the tax payers will finish up paying for more working tax credits.
[quote][p][bold]waynagain[/bold] wrote: ASDA today announces they will be hiring 12,000 people in the next 5 years. How many companies can claim that?. And for the people who complain that they don't 'treat their staff well', at least those people have a job. If those people only went to work there because there was a canteen, then quit your job and go work at a place where there is a canteen - good luck with that!!![/p][/quote]And how many of these proposed positions will be full time contracts ? How many of any of the positions will be on the recommended living wage ? None and none so thanks for not a lot Wall-Mart. I'm not defending these guys because I think the canteen argument a bit of a joke but so was this rubbish that hit the news today. They're not into doing anyone any favours other than increasing their coverage across the UK.......the tax payers will finish up paying for more working tax credits. Catman3
  • Score: 3

12:59am Tue 8 Apr 14

waynagain says...

How many 'full time' employees does the Post Office hire nowadays? How many people will Rover be hiring?, or maybe British Aerospace? How much more wages do Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl or Aldi pay? How many employees will the famous Cotton Mills in Bolton be hiring over the next 5 years? ASDA should double their employee wages and then to cover that expense they will raise their prices - then all you complainers can complain some more.
How many 'full time' employees does the Post Office hire nowadays? How many people will Rover be hiring?, or maybe British Aerospace? How much more wages do Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury, Lidl or Aldi pay? How many employees will the famous Cotton Mills in Bolton be hiring over the next 5 years? ASDA should double their employee wages and then to cover that expense they will raise their prices - then all you complainers can complain some more. waynagain
  • Score: 0

10:49am Tue 8 Apr 14

mfrbwfc says...

wsw69 wrote:
What a god awful company. I've known loads who have worked for them and none has, or had, a good word to say for them.

Profits first and foremost, and stuff the workforce, like most big companies these days. They are running scared of outfits like ALDI & LIDL, as are Morrisons and the other god awful outfit, Tesco.

Used to buy quite a bit from ASDA prior to the Yanks grabbing it. They are a cheap, tacky and tasteless outfit, and that colour scheme is dire.

If there is a national award for the most horrendous work uniform, then in my opinion ASDA is a billion mile ahead of any others.

I'll stay well clear and hope the workforce end up winning such an unnecessary battle.
I promise you Tesco isn't a god awful place to shop. Our store has a great customer feedback and we are paid well compared to asda. I work at the one on long causeway I used to work for a company who visited different stores and Astley bridge asda was the worst store I visited. Morrisons was good but really didn't like asda. Terrible with customers and you'd see the difference if you just stepped one foot in our store
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: What a god awful company. I've known loads who have worked for them and none has, or had, a good word to say for them. Profits first and foremost, and stuff the workforce, like most big companies these days. They are running scared of outfits like ALDI & LIDL, as are Morrisons and the other god awful outfit, Tesco. Used to buy quite a bit from ASDA prior to the Yanks grabbing it. They are a cheap, tacky and tasteless outfit, and that colour scheme is dire. If there is a national award for the most horrendous work uniform, then in my opinion ASDA is a billion mile ahead of any others. I'll stay well clear and hope the workforce end up winning such an unnecessary battle.[/p][/quote]I promise you Tesco isn't a god awful place to shop. Our store has a great customer feedback and we are paid well compared to asda. I work at the one on long causeway I used to work for a company who visited different stores and Astley bridge asda was the worst store I visited. Morrisons was good but really didn't like asda. Terrible with customers and you'd see the difference if you just stepped one foot in our store mfrbwfc
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

waynagain says...

Tesco and good service? I have a friend who asked Tesco NOT to deliver anything to her address on her account as her 'under age' son had been ordering alcohol for himself and his underage friends. Did they comply with her request - of course not. It would have been a lost sale regardless of the fact they were asked not to provide alcohol to underage kids.
When my mum was alive she was looking at TV's in ASDA and was asked by an associte if she needed help. She told the associate that her TV had 'died' and she needed a new one. When she said she had bought the dead tv from ASDA (at least 4 years earlier) she was told to bring it back and they would replace it. She didn't still have the receipt, but good to their promise they took it back and gave her a brand new one - AT NO COST, now that's good service.
Tesco and good service? I have a friend who asked Tesco NOT to deliver anything to her address on her account as her 'under age' son had been ordering alcohol for himself and his underage friends. Did they comply with her request - of course not. It would have been a lost sale regardless of the fact they were asked not to provide alcohol to underage kids. When my mum was alive she was looking at TV's in ASDA and was asked by an associte if she needed help. She told the associate that her TV had 'died' and she needed a new one. When she said she had bought the dead tv from ASDA (at least 4 years earlier) she was told to bring it back and they would replace it. She didn't still have the receipt, but good to their promise they took it back and gave her a brand new one - AT NO COST, now that's good service. waynagain
  • Score: 3

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