Tesco must pay €153,000 to women sacked over fry-ups
Tesco has been left with a €153,571 bill after unfairly sacking four long-serving female workers over a 'fry-up' dispute.
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) ruled that Tesco must pay a combined €112,571 to three female workers who were unfairly dismissed from a former Tesco-operated café at Gorey, Co Wexford.
The €112,571 is in addition to €41,000 the EAT ordered to be paid to the fourth former Tesco worker, Lisa Kinsella, who was also unfairly dismissed.
CCTV footage found that the workers did not immediately pay for their breakfasts made up of sausages, rashers, hash browns, beans, pudding and toast, on two dates in May 2013.
But the tribunal found there was an established practice of paying for breakfasts later - out of tips.
The four women had a combined 54 years of service and all had exemplary records before the 'fry-up' incidents, which happened in May 2013.
One of the workers, Emer Lawless - who worked with Tesco since 2002 before her 2013 sacking - is to receive €61,918.
The EAT has also ordered that Tesco pay €35,550 to Ann Dwyer - employed since 1999 - for her unfair dismissal.
In addition, the EAT has ordered that Edel Hardiman - who worked with Tesco since 1996 - receive €15,103.
Ms Hardiman's amount is lower than her colleagues as she secured new employment in September 2014.