“Tesco are bullying us”, say long-serving staff
Mandate Trade Union has today (Wednesday, 20th April 2016) condemned Tesco management in the strongest possible way for their behaviour towards their longest serving staff after reports of bullying are being received from members throughout the Republic of Ireland.
Mandate say they have been inundated with calls from Tesco workers who are distraught because of the pressure management are putting on them to leave the company.
Tesco management have told staff employed before 1996 that they will experience pay cuts of up to 35pc and have their rosters and hours changed on May 16th if they don’t accept a redundancy package today. The official deadline was yesterday, 19th April 2016 – but the company has changed it again in an effort to force workers out of their jobs.
“They’re telling workers who have been with them for more than 20 years that unless they accept a redundancy package, they will have their conditions of employment changed without agreement,” said Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary.
“Tesco management were offered an invitation by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to engage in talks on 25th April and whilst the union accepted, remarkably the company are now refusing to attend until May 2nd. Clearly the reason for this is to create more time in order to sow seeds of confusion and heap more pressure on their workers to leave,” said Mr Light.
“This type of behaviour is something you’d expect from a schoolyard bully, not from one of the most profitable multi-national retailers in the world.”
Mr Light continued, “To leave your employees with such uncertainty over their future is reprehensible and management should hang their heads in shame,” he said.
“We’re talking about people’s livelihoods; their ability to feed their families and put a roof over their heads. Workers who have given the last 20 years and in some cases 40 years of their lives to this company, are being treated with such disrespect and contempt.”
Mr Light said the company has been issuing a constant stream of threats and timelines which is having a detrimental impact on the mental health of their workers.
“We’re calling on Tesco to take some responsibility and show some decency towards their staff who have helped build this company to what it is today. Our members have had enough of management’s despicable treatment and if Tesco think they can treat their longest serving staff like this, then we’d have some serious concerns as to how they will attempt to treat the rest of their workers in the future,” concluded Mr Light.