Eight more Tesco stores join picket-lines this morning
Up to additional 800 Mandate Trade Union members in eight Tesco stores in Dublin, Monaghan and Wicklow have joined their colleagues on strike this morning (Friday, 17th February 2017) bringing the total number of stores on strike to 16.
Since Tuesday, more than 700 Tesco workers have been picketing eight Tesco stores in Dublin, Kerry, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Wicklow.
While Tesco Ireland yesterday accepted Mandate’s offer of a meeting on a “without prejudice’ basis to discuss the issues in the dispute, the union says that it is still cautious about the meeting and that the strike will continue until a satisfactory outcome for the workers can be found.
John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary said, “Our members have received incredible public support to date and we know this will continue as the eight new Tesco stores come out on strike today.
“It is always a difficult decision to take industrial action, but sometimes workers are left with no option if they want to protect their terms and conditions of employment,” said Mr Douglas.
“Of course, we hope a resolution can be found when we meet with the company, but for now, our plans are to continue the strike as long as necessary.”
Mandate Trade Union has plans to ballot another 23 Tesco stores for industrial action starting on Monday, 20 February next.