Friday 20 April 2018

Tesco staff warn of strike action in row over pay

Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Anne-Marie Walsh

A union has warned Tesco it will ballot its more than 14,000-strong workforce for industrial action if it forges ahead with plans to cut some workers' pay.

Mandate has written to the supermarket chain warning that it could face strikes if it refuses to reach agreement on plans to move almost 1,000 long-serving staff onto a new contract, with worse terms and conditions.

It said the company has informed it that it wants to implement the new contracts by April 18. The Tesco workers face a pay cut of over 16pc, the loss of guaranteed overtime and a bonus under the plan. "We've clearly told the company that if it seeks to impose these changes on any date in the future without the agreement of our members, we would immediately move to defend the interests of our members, which would mean a ballot," said assistant general secretary Gerry Light.

Meanwhile, 200 Brinks workers meet on Wednesday to decide whether to cut their losses with a redundancy package or battle for their jobs. The company has offered a severance payment worth three weeks' pay on top of statutory redundancy.

Staff face redundancy between now and July. They will direct their union to try and improve the exit package or attempt to enter talks with the company to save jobs through cost-cutting measures.

Irish Independent

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