Mandate announce second phase of strikes at Tesco

Mandate Trade Union has announced that five more Tesco stores have voted in favour of industrial action at the company and will join their colleagues on the picket lines on Friday, 17th February 2017.

This follows nine Tesco stores who plan to commence strike action on St. Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, 14th February 2017.

Tesco is attempting to change the contracts of employment of over 250 of their longest serving workers without agreement and imposing new contracts which include cuts to pay and conditions at work.

Tesco have never satisfactorily justified these cuts to pay or conditions of employment and if a company of their size and magnitude get away with this, all workers in Tesco are vulnerable.

Tesco are estimated to be generating between €200m and €250m in profit in the Republic of Ireland alone. The company, however, refuse to publish their profits in the Republic of Ireland.

Meanwhile, the majority of the workers facing attacks on their pay and conditions at work are earning slightly more than than €14 per hour.

John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary said, “Tesco is a hugely profitable multinational retailer making enormous profits in Ireland, buying up distribution companies for billions of euro and paying out dividends to shareholders. Yet they are threatening their most loyal workers into taking cuts to their incomes. These are already low-paid workers and it simply isn’t fair.”

He concluded, “The solution to this dispute is simple. Tesco should commit that they will not change any workers terms and conditions at work without agreement.”

The nine new stores due to strike on Friday, 17th February include:

  1. Tesco, Artane Castle Shopping Centre, Kilmore Rd, Beaumont, Dublin 5
  2. Tesco, Market Square, Ballina, Co. Mayo
  3. Tesco, Churchview Road, Kilbogget, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin
  4. Tesco, Roselawn Shopping Centre, Roselawn Rd, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
  5. Tesco, Unit 9 /10, Monaghan Shopping Centre, Dawson St, Tirkeenan, Monaghan
  6. Tesco, 22A Drumcondra Rd Upper, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
  7. Tesco, Kilcoole Rd, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co Wicklow
  8. Tesco, Phibsborough Shopping Centre, Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
  9. Tesco, Park Shopping Centre, Prussia Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 7

The other nine Tesco stores due to strike on St. Valentine’s Day include:

  1. Tesco, Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2
  2. Tesco, Ballyfermot Rd, Ballyfermot Upper, Dublin 10
  3. Tesco, Vevay Road, Bray, Co Wicklow
  4. Tesco, Clearwater Shopping Centre, 11 Finglas Road, Dublin 11
  5. Tesco, Rear Main Street, Deanscurragh, Longford
  6. Tesco, Navan Town Centre, Kennedy Rd, Dillonsland, Navan, Co. Meath
  7. Tesco, O’Connell Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo
  8. Tesco, Manor West Retail Park, Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  9. Tesco, Tullamore Retail Park, Portarlington Road, Cloncollig, Tullamore, Co. Offaly

The Union will continue balloting workers for strike action in a number of stores this evening.

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