More than 160 workers from Asda stores and depots across the UK will be flying out to Arkansas, US, to represent the company at this year’s Wal-Mart shareholders’ meeting.
They will join 17,000 other Wal-Mart workers on Friday from around the globe as they come together for a week of events to swap ideas and learn more about Wal-Mart culture.
Since Wal-Mart acquired Asda in 1999, more than a 1,000 shopfloor and depot workers have had the chance to fly out and take part in the annual shareholders’ meeting. They also attend a two-day international conference where they share ideas and showcase their achievements.
David Smith, Asda’s people director, said: “This is a fantastic way for our colleagues to learn more about how Wal-Mart works in other countries by meeting colleagues from around the world and sharing experiences.
“We also encourage those that attend to share what they learn with their colleagues back home on their return. I’m sure all those that are going will have lots of fun but also find it a really rewarding experience.”
Asda is current embroiled in a dispute with the GMB union over pay and collective bargaining rights.