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Pre-Christmas 'Strike Action Planned' For Two Tesco Stores 'Could Go Nationwide'

Published on Dec 3 2018 3:09 PM in Retail tagged: Tesco / Mandate Trade Union

Pre-Christmas 'Strike Action Planned' For Two Tesco Stores 'Could Go Nationwide'

Tesco workers in a Sligo and an Carrick-on-Shannon store have reportedly voted in favour of industrial action ahead of Christmas.

It is believed that Sligo workers will strike on this coming Thursday, 6 December and again on Friday, 14 December as 'staff at the stores voted in favour of industrial action by a margin of 97%, with an 85% turnout in the ballot'.

In Carrick-on-Shannon, workers will reportedly strike on Saturday, 22 December as, it is believed that workers in that store also had an 85% turnout, with 81% voting in favour of strike.

'Easily Spread' 

There are also fears that strikes could spread in the coming months as union Mandate said it could 'easily spread to the other 150 stores,' reports the Irish Independent.

"It’s extremely disappointing it has come to this," John Douglas, general secretary, Mandate Trade Union said.

"Our members do not want to be on strike, particularly in the run up to Christmas, but unfortunately Tesco management have left them with no alternative.

"They have refused to engage with their workers on pay and conditions of employment, on the removal of canteens and break room facilities, they have refused to pay some workers a cost of living pay increase for four consecutive years, and crucially, they have breached collective agreements which they freely entered into with their workers." He added.

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