Asda to offer store staff a paid day off to support community and mark King’s coronation
More than 2,000 guests will gather at Westminster Abbey on May 6 to witness the nation’s first coronation for 70 years, with foreign dignitaries set to include First Lady Jill Biden.
To support the ‘Big Help Out’, more than 380 Asda Community Champions across the UK will help to bring communities together by arranging litter picks in places such as parks, community centres, beaches and canals.
A spokesman said: “Any colleagues who want to take part in the Big Help Out will be able to request to book a day off while still being paid and their holiday entitlement will not be affected. Those colleagues who choose to work on Monday May 8 will receive double time.”
Asda Chief People and Corporate Affairs Officer, Hayley Tatum, said: “We’re proud to mark the coronation of King Charles III by supporting the ‘Big Help Out’ and enabling our colleagues to come together, celebrate and give back to their local communities. We understand that this is an incredibly important event for many of our colleagues, and they want to get involved, which is why we’re offering them the opportunity to take a day off to support their local area, without needing to use their holiday entitlement.
“We are also saying thank you to those colleagues who do choose to work on Monday May 8 by offering them a double time payment as a thank you for their continued efforts to serve our customers over the Bank Holiday weekend.”