Asda workers at a city superstore will go on strike over claims about health and safety fears.

GMB Union members at the Asda superstore in Hollingbury will strike after voting in favour of industrial action this afternoon.

It comes after other stores in Hampshire and Cambridgeshire already walked out over a dispute with the supermarket giant.

Declan MacIntyre, GMB Regional Organiser for Brighton, said: "Four months ago, no Asda store had seen its colleagues vote for strike action.

“Since then, Asda colleagues in Gosport and Wisbech have been out on strike and now workers in Brighton have voted for strike action too.

“This is about Asda workers demanding to be heard – it is the GMB members themselves deciding that enough is enough and standing up to take action.

“Asda is financed by TDR Capital and GMB have grave concerns that their heads might be turned by the debt pile of their other asset, Stonegate pub group – let’s hope this ballot result re-focuses their attention on the plight of our members.”

Stonegate pub group, which owns the Be At One and Slug and Lettuce brands, faces £2.2 billion of debts according to The Guardian.

Asda say that of 350 members of staff working at the store, 64 voted in the ballot and 50 voted in favour of industrial action.

A spokesman for the supermarket added that a similar ballot was also held at Asda's superstore in Brighton Marina but union members did not vote in favour of strike action.

A date has not yet been set for the strikes and the Asda strike committee will meet next week to discuss next steps.

An Asda spokesman said: “We value feedback from our colleagues and have worked collaboratively with the GMB representatives in Brighton to address the points raised.

"While we are disappointed by the outcome of the ballot at Brighton Hollingbury, where a minority of colleagues at the store have voted for industrial action, we will continue to engage with GMB representatives to try and reach an amicable solution."