WRC update for Mandate members in Tesco – Thursday, 19th May 2016
Following 14 hours of protracted discussions in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) yesterday, Tesco Ireland has agreed that no changes to workers’ conditions of employment will take place before discussions continue on Monday, 23rd May 2016. On the same basis Mandate has agreed to defer strike action until the conclusion of discussions.
The Commission has asked both parties to refrain from “any activity by way of statement, comment or action that would exacerbate an already difficult situation.”
Mandate and Tesco Ireland have agreed to these requests.
All members are asked to communicate with their shop steward, local official or Mandate Head Office if there is any breach of this agreement in your store. This may include:
- Threats to cut pay or conditions of employment.
- Changes to rostering patterns.
- Cuts to overtime.
- Any anti-union activity including attempts to persuade Mandate members to leave their union.
- Any other hostile actions against you or your fellow Mandate members.
The full text of the WRC statement is below.
Mandate Assistant General Secretary
“The Commission has engaged with both parties over the last 14 hours over complex matters relating to the Tesco dispute.
The Commission is exploring various options for the resolution of the dispute with both parties, but is not in a position to advance the negotiations at this stage.
The Commission has requested both sides to consider their respective positions over the two days and to return to the Commission on Monday next, 23rd May 2016.
In the interim period, and in order to create an atmosphere conducive to constructive negotiations on Monday next, the Commission requests that neither party engages in any activity by way of statement, comment or action that would exacerbate an already difficult situation.
Kieran Mulvey, Director General WRC
Brian McGinn, Regional Manager, WRC
18th May 2016”