Sainsbury’s is asking staff to work overtime or take unpaid leave for hour-long Christmas party

Staff at Etruria Road Sainsbury’s supermarket in Hanley, Stoke will have to work longer or lose money as their breaks are only 30 minutes in a decision which has been called “ridiculous” by shoppers



Etruria Road supermarket in Hanley, Stoke, is set to close early next year
Etruria Road supermarket in Hanley, Stoke, is set to close early next year



Sainsbury’s employees planning to attend their store’s last Christmas party have been told they have to choose between working overtime or taking unpaid leave.

Staff at the Etruria Road supermarket in Hanley, Stoke, which is due to close in 2022, have received flyers announcing two Christmas parties from noon to 1 p.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on December 1.



The flyer reads: “Sessions are one hour long. Whatever time you use for your break, you will either have to make up or have as unpaid. Please let us know your decision.”

Since workers only have a 30-minute break, they either have to work longer to cover the hour-long Christmas party or lose money.



Buyers and former Sainsbury’s employees have said that the decision of the “Scrooge” as bosses was “ludicrous”.

A former worker said: “It’s a pretty lousy way of treating people who are on the verge of losing their jobs. “







Staff received flyers announcing two Christmas parties
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Businesswoman Lynn Shemirani, 63, from Tittensor, says StokeOnTrent Live : ” It’s a bit hard. It comes back to Scrooge with that kind of behavior.

“At Christmas time, they should show a little goodwill, especially after working during the pandemic as frontline workers. “

John Hannon, 72, retired, said: “It’s ridiculous. The staff are pretty decent here and they’ve been loyal to the company. I think the company should show them some loyalty.”

Chloe Edwards, 27, of Bucknall, added: “It’s just not fair. You are a number – not a person.

Sainsbury’s has been contacted for comment, but the store has since reportedly changed its policy.

According to the sun, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have listened to feedback from our colleagues and will update the plans for our Hanley store to ensure all colleagues can enjoy their Christmas celebrations during their break.”

Last month, the boss of Sainsbury’s has warned that shoppers may have less choice when shopping for food during the holiday season.

In an open letter to clients, Sainsbury’s Managing Director Simon Roberts said: “I am writing to let you know what we are doing at Sainsbury’s to help you plan and manage your Christmas budget.

“I also want to reassure you that there will be plenty of food and that we are confident that even if the exact product you are looking for is not available there will be a good alternative.”

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