Sunday 25 February 2018

Tesco staff warn of Valentine's Day walkout

Tesco may be hit by strikes from St Valentine’s Day. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Tesco may be hit by strikes from St Valentine’s Day. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Anne-Marie Walsh

Tesco may be hit by strikes from St Valentine's Day after the main retail union served notice of industrial action on the supermarket chain.

Mandate, which represents 10,000 workers, said the industrial action, which will start at nine stores, will continue for an indefinite duration in a row over cuts to earnings.

The union warned that action could spread to another 15 stores, which will ballot on industrial action today.

Members of the union balloted by 78pc in favour of strikes after accusing the company of attempting to force changes to 250 workers' contracts of employment without agreement.

Mandate said the new contracts would result in some workers suffering cuts to their incomes of up to 15pc.

Tesco called on the union to accept a Labour Court recommendation on changes to the terms and conditions of workers who joined before 1996. The supermarket said the recommendation meant 90pc of those affected would have a pay increase, while a 5pc share bonus and guaranteed overtime were protected.

In a statement, the supermarket said it was the only employer in the food retail sector to recognise unions, offering above-market rates of pay, conditions and benefits.

Irish Independent

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