Strike action warned at two Tesco stores

Tesco has urged the Mandate trade union to call off proposed strikes in two stores in the coming weeks
Tesco has urged the Mandate trade union to call off proposed strikes in two stores in the coming weeks

Two Tesco stores in Sligo and Leitrim are set to be affected by strikes in the coming weeks after staff in both stores voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

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4 December 2018 | 0

Two Tesco stores, in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon, will be affected by strikes in the coming weeks after staff at  both stores voted in favour of industrial action. The Mandate Trade Union has confirmed that staff at the Sligo store will strike on Thursday, December 6 and Friday December 14, while the store in Carrick-on-Shannon will be affected on Saturday, December 22.

The Irish Times reports that the industrial action is being taken due to a denial of collective representation to workers.

Mandate says Tesco has been engaged in a campaign to “de-recognise” its own workers’ union in recenty years. “There is a possibility more dates will be added,” the union said, “and other stores may join their colleagues in the coming weeks and months should the company not abide by agreements and allow their workers’ their right to collective representation.”

Meanwhile, Tesco has urged the union to call off the strikes, calling the action a breach of the agreed procedures between the company and the union – namely to refer such disputes directly to the Workplace Relations Commission.

“If Mandate proceeds with the proposed unwarranted one-day strike actions for the two stores, both will continue to remain open to serve customers,” a spokeswoman told the Times. “We regret that Mandate is inflicting this inconvenience on our customers in December when our stores are at their busiest and particularly given these stores are close to the border.

“A conciliation conference on the two issues in Sligo was scheduled at the Workplace Relations Commission for October 24, but was rejected by Mandate. In Carrick-on-Shannon, the matters have not yet been referred back to the WRC by Mandate. Tesco has always abided by agreed procedures and we expect Mandate to do the same,” the spokeswoman said.

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