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Dear Editor,

The pandemic has been an unsettling and stressful time for us all, but while we have navigated this unprecedented time, one of the things that has remained constant is the hard work of supermarket shop floor workers who put themselves at an increased risk to keep our fridges and cupboards stocked.

Distressingly, in a survey carried out by law firm Leigh Day, nine out of 10 supermarket shop floor workers said they are more aware of issues in the workplace such as equal pay after working on the frontline during the pandemic.

Some of our clients told us that working during the pandemic made them feel unsafe, undervalued and unsupported.

It’s unsurprising that the extra stress that supermarket workers are under has left them questioning whether they are being treated fairly by their employer, including the disparity between their pay and that of their colleagues in distribution centres.

Leigh Day is the leading expert in UK group claims and represents more than 50,000 shop workers from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons in one of the UK’s biggest equal pay cases.

We understand that taking on a large company can be daunting but there is strength in numbers. It’s our hope that supermarket bosses will stop ignoring the voices of the tens of thousands of workers who say enough is enough.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Satyamurti
partner in the Leigh Day employment team


  1. Observer says:

    A letter penned by a partner in the firm doing the survey nothing more than a advertising stunt.

    • T Martin says:

      How so, do you not feel shopping and customers have changed in recent times?It is good anyone is standing up for them, it matters not where they are from, whom they represent or why, it is an important topic to discuss.
      I am grateful that in all this lockdown I have never once run out of something, and I don’t even go in shops now. Big shout out for all especially home deliveries

    • Jeanne Dow says:

      Yes, a ‘no win, no fee’ firm of solicitors getting a free ad.

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