Strikes to take place at 34 Lloyds Pharmacy outlets
A row over pay and contracts will see hundreds of Lloyds Pharmacy workers picket 34 stores across Ireland, Mandate trade union has said, amid strenuous denials by the company.
29 June 2018
A row over pay will see pickets placed at 34 branches of Lloyd’s Pharmacy around Ireland, the trade union Mandate has confirmed. In a second day of industrial action, more than 200 pharmacy workers will hold a two-hour picket between 10am and midday.
The row stems from an accusation by Mandate of the company’s use of “zero-hour contracts”, something Lloyd’s has vehemently denied. “We do not have, and never had, zero-hour contracts,” the company said in a statement, adding that Mandate is misleading the media with its words.
The Journal reports that the first day of action took place earlier this month, after the retailer received a recommendation from the Labour Court that it negotiate with Mandate over the alleged zero-hour contracts. The pharmacy rejected this recommendation.
In a statement, Lloyds said: “We wish to assure patients once more that a full plan is in place to minimise its impact. With the hard work and professionalism of our team, disruption was curtailed last week, with only four stores closing for the one-hour period of the strike. We are confident that despite tomorrow’s action, stores will be open and patients’ needs will be met. We thank our patients for their support.”