Vote for policy not potholes, Mandate urges members
The main retail union has urged members to vote "left" in the upcoming elections and not for politicians who claim they can fix the most potholes.
Mandate is the first union to declare its views on the local and European elections.
In a message to members, general secretary John Douglas said the elections offered the union's 45,000 members the chance to vote for a party with pro-worker policies.
He advised them to vote left and avoid parties that back big business, although he does not name the party they should support.
The largest union, SIPTU, strongly backed Labour in the last general election campaign, dismissing Fine Gael and Fianna Fail as "two sides of the same coin".
"Many of you may plan on voting for a politician you know or someone who is a local personality without much consideration as to that person's policies," said Mr Douglas, who is also president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, in the union's newsletter.
"Mandate is recommending that you do not vote based on personality or on which politician claims they can fix the most potholes.
"Instead, we are urging you to carefully look into the policies and record of the individual or the party you intend voting for."
He said they should vote left "for a policy and not a pothole".
Mr Douglas said it was vital to send strong advocates to Europe as the EU and ECB policy of "no bank left behind" had arguably hit Irish workers hardest. He said the local elections provided an opportunity to have a say in how local councils work, although they had limited influence and budgeting power.