Tesco and union row over passing pickets
Union Mandate has angrily rejected claims by Tesco that most of its members passed pickets at some stores during an indefinite strike.
Tesco said up to 60pc of workers had turned up for work, allowing it to keep open during a campaign of industrial action at eight stores over its plan to put long-serving staff on new contracts.
But Mandate said the claims were "lies" and that no members had passed pickets at some stores, which were kept open and being run by managers.
It said that only a handful of its members had passed pickets.
Tesco stood by its claims, saying even more staff had come in yesterday, but would not specify which stores saw the highest turnout.
Meanwhile, Mandate has written to the CEO of Tesco Ireland, Andrew Yaxley, making an offer of fresh talks to resolve the dispute.
Pickets have been mounted at stores in Dublin, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Wicklow. A further eight Tesco stores in Dublin, Monaghan and Wicklow will join the strike tomorrow, and staff at 23 stores will ballot on action next week.