Tesco Workers in Douglas to Strike from next Wednesday

Thursday 23 April 2009

The Mandate trade union announced today that more than 80 of their members in Tesco in Douglas, Co. Cork will go on strike indefinitely starting from next Wednesday, 29 April 2009.

Mandate conducted a ballot on Monday, 20 April 2009 and the workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. Strike notice has now been served on the company.
The industrial action is in relation to the breaching of agreements with the Mandate Trade Union including the National Replacement Store Agreement.
This particular agreement guarantees workers transferring to new premises the right to hold onto their current terms and conditions.
Mandate Divisional Organiser for Cork, Lorraine O’Brien said, “The Tesco store in Douglas is due to move to new premises on 1 May 2009 but the company has said it is not willing to accept the transfer of some staff members from the old store on their current contracts. Instead, the company has offered staff members an ultimatum whereby workers have a choice of either a compulsory buyout of their terms and conditions or alternatively, the worker will be dismissed by means of redundancy.”