Saturday 19 April 2014

M&S staff due to go on strike tomorrow

Marks and Spencer staff are to strike this weekend
Marks and Spencer staff are to strike this weekend

CHRISTMAS shoppers will feel the full brunt of strike action in Marks & Spencer from tomorrow.

Over 2,000 employees across Ireland will go on strike tomorrow (Saturday) in an escalating row over a pension scheme.

The retailer reportedly closed the workers’ pension scheme without agreement – something which Mandate, which represents the majority of the staff, said employees could not tolerate.

Retailing staff voted 94pc in favour of strike action on November 29.

The strike action will take place across 17 stores across the country tomorrow and a further two days of industrial action are planned before Christmas.

Mandate says workers were informed by the company at the end of October that their retirement fund would be a "discretionary benefit".

The company has also been accused of reducing certain premium payments and the eliminating the Christmas bonus.

Mandate says the pension scheme is performing and is in surplus to the tune of approximately €17m.

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