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Tesco staff in Dundalk opt not to ballot for industrial action

Tesco staff in Dundalk opt not to ballot for industrial action
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The Tesco store in Dundalk is one of five to have defied trade union Mandate’s call for strike action next week.

A number of the supermarket’s stores around the country will close next week after staff voted in favour of industrial action.

In total nine stores will strike on St Valentine’s Day February 14th, with five more to take to the picket lines on Friday February 17th.

The strike action relates to new contracts which Mandate, who represented 10,000 workers at Tesco, claim will result in cuts to pay and conditions at work.

However, five stores have decided to defy the call for strike action with Tesco management holding the Dundalk store up as an example.

They said: “In one of our stores in Dundalk, store colleagues decided not to have a ballot at all and we welcome our colleagues’ decision to take that step.

“The move by these five stores out of the 18 balloted should be used by Mandate to rethink its strategy, especially in the context that less than half of colleagues in the stores balloted, actually voted in favour of strike action.”

Tesco did not reveal whether the stance was taken by workers at its Tesco Extra store at Stapleton Place or in the Long Walk Shopping Centre or both.

The company said it was disappointed about the union’s action “in a small number of stores on an issue which affects 250 people out of 14,500 working in Tesco.”

They said: “We still urge Mandate, even at this late stage, to accept the Labour Court’s recommendation on changes to pre-1996 terms and conditions and call off its strike.

“That recommendation remains as the only solution to this issue.”

The Labour Court recommendations, according to Tesco Ireland, are:

  • Rate of pay is protected
  • Premiums paid in line with everyone else
  • 5% share bonus has been protected
  • 2/3 guaranteed overtime is protected
  • Sundays continue to be voluntary
  • Partial flexibility 2 days out of 5
  • In event of loss of income, compensation paid at 2 times or 2.5 times annual loss depending on option
  • Goodwill gesture of €2,000

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