Mandate members vote overwhelmingly in favour of supportive strike at Tesco
Mandate Trade Union members in Tesco Ireland stores where the company has threatened cuts to pay and conditions of employment have today (Sunday, 8th May 2016) voted by a margin of 88 percent in favour of supportive industrial action.
Tesco plan on implementing pay cuts of between 15-35 percent for long-serving staff members on the 16th May 2016. They also intend to alter other conditions of employment without agreement, but Mandate now say that if those changes occur, there will be pickets on all affected stores throughout the Republic of Ireland.
On the 15th April 2016, approximately 1,000 workers directly affected by the proposed cuts voted to take industrial action by a margin of 99pc. Todays’ vote is a supportive ballot of members working in those stores and Mandate say it very clearly shows the level of solidarity among all Tesco workers.
John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary said: “This result sends an emphatic message to Tesco Ireland that this is a unified workforce and if you come after one group of workers, the others will be there to back them up. Our members see this attack on their colleagues as an attack on themselves and they’re prepared to stand and fight against the blatant unfairness of Tesco’s actions.”
He added, “They also know that if Tesco get away with this now, they are next in the firing line.”
Mandate say strike notice will be served on the company tomorrow morning.
Mandate will attend the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow in an attempt to resolve the matters in dispute.