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Sunday 21 January 2018

Union writes to Tesco CEO making fresh offer of talks 'without prejudice'

Tesco workers pictured on the picket line outside the Tesco Clearwater shopping centre Photo: Frank McGrath
Tesco workers pictured on the picket line outside the Tesco Clearwater shopping centre Photo: Frank McGrath
Tesco staff on the picket line at Manor Shopping Centre in Tralee. Some of the staff have been working for Tesco for over 20 years. They replicated the scene at eight Tesco stores nationwide as members of the Mandate trade union commenced an indefinite strike in a dispute over contracts. Mandate says eight more stores will commence industrial action on Friday, with a further 22 stores to be balloted from Monday. Photo By Domnick Walsh
Brian Barrett Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A union has written to the ceo of Tesco Ireland and made a fresh offer of "without prejudice" talks to resolve the ongoing dispute.

Mandate have also thanked the public for their show of support as the stoppage enters its second day.

General Secretary of the trade union, John Douglas, wrote to ceo Andrew Yaxley this morning.

Eight Tesco stores are currently on indefinite strike in Dublin, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Wicklow.

Brian Barrett Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Brian Barrett Photo: Frank Mc Grath

A further eight stores in Dublin, Monaghan and Wicklow will join the strike this coming Friday unless the dispute is resolved.

And a further 23 have balloted for industrial action next week.

"This morning we have written again to Tesco Ireland offering to enter into ‘without prejudice’ talks to resolve the issues in this dispute," Mr Douglas said.

"We did so last Friday and got no response however, we hope that the company will reconsider our offer in the best interests of Tesco Ireland, its customers and staff.

John Douglas said that the striking workers have been very heartened by the support they have received.

"It’s clear from the tremendous support the striking workers received all day yesterday and today, that the public clearly recognises the importance of the issues involved here," he said.

The strikes began on Tuesday, February 14.

The stores include:

Dublin: Tesco, Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2; Tesco, Ballyfermot Rd, Ballyfermot Upper, Dublin 10; Tesco, Clearwater Shopping Centre, 11 Finglas Road, Dublin 11.

Kerry: Tesco, Manor West Retail Park, Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Longford: Tesco, Rear Main Street, Deanscurragh, Longford.

Meath: Tesco, Navan Town Centre, Kennedy Rd, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath.

Offaly: Tesco, Tullamore Retail Park, Portarlington Road, Cloncollig, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Wicklow: Tesco, Vevay Road, Bray, Co Wicklow.

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