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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Tesco outlets to open today despite staff strike action

Published 14/02/2017 | 02:30

Despite the strikes, the British based retailer has said all of its shops will open. Photo: PA
Despite the strikes, the British based retailer has said all of its shops will open. Photo: PA

Tesco workers will today picket eight of the international grocery giant's shops here, in a dispute over attempts by the company to alter the contracts of workers who joined before 1996.

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Despite the strikes, the British-based retailer has said all of its shops will open.

It is understood striking employees have been told workers from other shops will be brought it to open the picketed outlets.

Mandate general secretary, John Douglas, has accused the company of trying to convince workers to leave the union and urged shoppers to vote with their consciences.

But the company has said it is "shocked" the union has advised customers to shop in non-unionised competitor stores.

There remain around 250 Tesco workers with the contracts in question, after around 900 took redundancy over the last year. "The company has followed all the industrial relations processes of the State to seek agreement," a statement said. Workers have said they will not return until a resolution is found.

Irish Independent

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