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Asda scraps plans for four day week

Asda has abandoned plans for a four day working week after staff said it left them feeling exhausted. The supermarket had introduced flexible working arrangements for… View Article

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Asda scraps plans for four day week

Asda has abandoned plans for a four day working week after staff said it left them feeling exhausted.

The supermarket had introduced flexible working arrangements for store managers as part of a pilot last year, but this has now been scrapped due to staff being unhappy about working the condensed hours.

Taking place in 20 stores, the pilot involved employees working a 44 hour week over four days instead of the usual five for the same amount of pay.

However, staff said the new working arrangements were “physically demanding” and resulted in them being worn out on their day off. Some said it also led to difficulties with public transport due to the earlier starts and later finishes, as well as with school drop offs and pickups.

An Asda spokesperson told The Telegraph that a pilot where employees work 39 hours across a five day week has been more popular and will carry on running until the end of the year. Employees do not receive a reduction in pay despite the reduced hours.

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