Pre-96 Contract Negotiations Update

Mandate Trade Union met with Tesco senior management on Wednesday (10th February 2016) in an effort to address the company’s attempts to cut terms and conditions for their longest serving loyal staff.

Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary said the meeting was productive but that negotiations would continue on Friday, 19th February 2016.

In a letter to Mr Timmins summarising the meeting, Mr Light said the union’s understanding at this point includes the following:

  1. All parties are committed to meaningful negotiations which will entail if necessary full exhaustion of our agreed dispute resolution procedures.
  2. In the event of the company not adhering to the undertakings outlined at Point 1 and consequentially moving to impose unilateral change to our members’ current terms and conditions of employment at any date in the future the unions at that stage will deem procedures to be exhausted and will move immediately to a ballot of the affected members for industrial action.
  3. The main intent of the negotiations is to reach an outcome which is ultimately acceptable to our members.
  4. In order to assist an effective and hopefully productive negotiating process the company has agreed to provide relevant information. Initially the unions are seeking the following details. A list of all affected members and the stores in which they work. We also require the specific details regarding the terms and conditions relating to each individual which the company wish to alter. We have also asked that management provide the labour cost percentages for each store location.
  5. The parties agree to meet again on Friday 19th February 2016.

Further updates will follow.

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