Tesco and union still split as Valentines Day strike looms large

first_img 18,768 Views Share396 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 9:07 PM We believe now more than ever that there is an onus on Mandate to abide by the outcomes of the Labour Court which is the agreement the Union, had sought. Tesco continues to call on Mandate to re-think its plan to damage the company with an unjustified strike.Read: Fianna Fáil to abstain from vote of no confidence in GovernmentRead: Two women have died in separate road collisions this morning The company has followed all the industrial relations processes of the State to seek agreement. The recommendation protects colleagues’ rate of pay with 90 per cent actually getting a pay increase under the Labour Court proposals. http://jrnl.ie/3236634 Short URL Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 21.07A UNION REPRESENTING 11,000 of Tesco’s Irish employees says it will call off the pending workers strikes if Tesco “commits not to make changes to contracts without agreement”.Nine Tesco stores have voted to strike ‘indefinitely’ from this Tuesday over issues surrounding the contracts of the company’s longest-serving Irish workers.A further nine stores will strike from 17 February.Tesco has moved to impose newer ‘modern contracts’ on those employees remaining who have been employed since before 1996, claiming that those contracts are no longer fit for purpose.Those contracts would see longer-term employees “experiencing reduced incomes of up to 20%,” Mandate’s general secretary John Douglas said this evening.“In recent days, Tesco Ireland have said that the impending strikes are not justified because they have not yet actually made the contractual changes,” he said.In response, last Friday Mandate wrote to the management of Tesco Ireland saying that if they committed to not making changes to their staff’s contracts without agreement with them – rather than trying to impose change unilaterally – then the strike due to start on Tuesday could be called off.“Unfortunately, to date we have had no response from Tesco Ireland to our letter,” he added.Tesco’s actions “constitute an abuse of the company’s considerable economic power” according to Douglas who added that “an important principle is at stake”.Tesco’s responseTesco responded this evening and does not seem to have changed its stance towards the pending industrial action.“Tesco continues to call on Mandate to accept the recent Labour Court recommendation as the only means of resolving this dispute. The company is shocked that Mandate has organised strike action in a handful of our stores on Tuesday after the Union has rejected the outcome of the State’s industrial relations process which they had insisted on following,” the company said in a statement.Tesco has not made any changes to the pre-1996 terms and conditions and the Labour Court recommendation sets out a clear path to resolving this issue and we call upon Mandate to now accept the Labour Court recommendation. Feb 12th 2017, 9:07 PM Tesco and union still split as Valentine’s Day strike looms large Nine Tesco stores are set to go on strike on Tuesday 14 February. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 35 Comments last_img

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