Mandate Trade Union members in Tesco win share bonus payment
More than 7,000 Mandate Trade Union members working in Tesco Ireland have won the implementation of a 1.5pc share bonus payment almost 12 months after the company refused to pay it.
This follows shortly after the Union won a 2pc pay increase for all Tesco workers in the Labour Court. However, the company has refused to implement the pay increase for 1,000 of Tesco’s longest serving staff members.
Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said: “This is a fantastic result and shows what can be achieved when workers stick together. All that’s outstanding from last years claim is the 2pc pay increase for Tesco’s longest serving staff.”
He said, “It is abundantly clear that the company is withholding the pay increase for a small number of staff because they want to isolate them. They’re using it as a stick to beat those workers with as the company prepares to force them either onto inferior contracts of employment or out of the business altogether.
“Neither of these outcomes will happen against the will of the members concerned who no doubt will command the support of their fellow union members as the company threatens to force these changes on them,” he added.
“It’s nothing short of a disgrace that the company would treat its longest serving staff like this,” said Mr Light. “If they treat these staff members like this, you wonder what they’ll try doing to their fellow union members who happen to have less service or those who join the company in the future.” he said.
Mr. Light concluded by saying,“Today is a good day for all of our members in Tesco but we all have to remember that last year the company refused to pay any pay increase and also refused to implement the share bonus that all of their workers were entitled to. Together we forced them into this position. We’ve come a long way and we’ve nearly achieved everything we set out to achieve. The best way to ensure we are successful in the full claim is to stand together over the next few weeks and months.”