Tesco staff set to get up to €700 under pay deal
Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30
EVERY little helps – 14,000 Tesco staff are set for a 2pc pay rise that will boost their pay by up to €700 a year.
The supermarket chain's workforce are expected to give the rise a ringing endorsement in a ballot today.
Workers at 147 locations have been voting on whether to accept the wage offer after Mandate struck a deal with management earlier this year.
Talks were held as an existing wage agreement, which increased pay by 2pc in January last year, was due to expire.
Last year's 2pc pay increase was the first pay rise for staff at the grocery chain, one of the country's biggest private sector employers, in more than four years. The first half of the new pay rise will be backdated to March 1 this year, and the next 1pc paid on September 7.
Mandate said the pay rise was negotiated as a 'cost of living' increase for lower-paid retail staff, who earn between €20,000 and €30,000 a year.
Its shop stewards backed the proposals overwhelmingly at a national meeting last month.
Divisional Organiser Brendan O'Hanlon said the pay rise was expected to be widely welcomed by members.
The increase is the latest in a wave of pay claims in the retail sector and manufacturing.
Mandate says it has secured pay rises worth more than €15m for its 45,000 members.
Tesco confirmed that a ballot is taking place on the pay increase after talks with unions.