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Asda and Usdaw have announced a new collective bargaining agreement aimed at recognising and representing convenience store workers.

Under the new agreement, Usdaw will represent hourly-paid colleagues employed in the convenience stores that were acquired by Asda in October 2023.

The union will have the responsibility to negotiate pay, hours and holidays on an annual basis for employees working across the 356 convenience stores in the UK.

Asda said its decision to partner with Usdaw was influenced by the union’s track record of representing workers in convenience retail.

The union already represents colleagues in the 119 convenience stores Asda acquired from the Co-op in 2022, as part of an existing recognition agreement.

Asda’s chief people & corporate affairs officer Hayley Tatum said: “We respect the important role trade unions play in representing our valued colleagues. As Usdaw already represents the 2,300 colleagues in the convenience stores we acquired from the Co-op Group, it is a natural progression to recognise them as our partner for the sites we have acquired from EG Group. We look forward to working collaboratively with them to deliver positive outcomes for colleagues in this important and growing area of our business.”

Usdaw national officer Jayne Allport said: “It is a positive step forward for Usdaw members within the EG Group of stores and Leon restaurants who will now benefit from full representation and collective bargaining under this new agreement.”

Asda’s existing union agreements with Usdaw in Northern Ireland and the GMB in depots and retail stores remain unchanged.