Workers of UK supermarket chain Asda have confirmed a 48-hour strike at its Lowestoft store, which is set to commence on 10 May and conclude on 11 May this year.  

The decision follows a February ballot where almost 90% of GMB union members of the store expressed readiness to strike

The strike action is a response to multiple grievances including reduced working hours, substandard training, and allegations of bullying by management.  

Health and safety concerns, fire safety breaches, unresolved equal pay issues and the absence of collective bargaining with the GMB union were also part of the complaint. 

Lowestoft is set to be the third Asda location to experience a strike, including a recent industrial action by workers in Gosport.  

Last month, Asda employees in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, also voted in favour of striking, with an overwhelming 97% of the 170 workers balloted supporting the move.  

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Additionally, staff at the Brighton Holingbury store have voted to undertake strike action. 

GMB regional organiser Keith Dixon said: “GMB members used to be proud to work for Asda, but this once great supermarket is being driven into the ground. 

“Standards across stores are falling – there are thousands of health and safety breaches, including blocked fire exits, fire routes, and fire extinguishers, along with faulty fire alarm systems. 

“Meanwhile an estimated eight million worker hours have been cut across Asda stores, so things are only going to get worse. 

“Asda workers have had enough and are flexing their industrial muscle to make bosses do something about it.”