Tesco staff in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon will go on strike today in a row over pay and conditions.
This is the third time staff in Sligo have walked off the job this year, while it is the first time in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Mandate Trade Union claims Tesco has not engaged with them in an effort to resolve the dispute.
In a statement Tesco Ireland says they are extremely disappointed that Mandate is proceeding with strike action at our Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon stores today. The statement says despite the strikes, the stores will remain open today and they thanked their colleagues and customers for their co-operation.
The statement says Mandate should revisit its decision to refuse to take up the offer from the WRC for a conciliation conference on Sligo which was originally scheduled for October 24th. In Carrick-on-Shannon the local issues have not yet even been referred back to the WRC by Mandate indicating these strikes are pre-emptive.
Tesco says they remain committed to resolving this dispute. They requested that Mandate, even at this late stage, desist from the industrial action and refer these issues back to the WRC where we are willing to engage with the union. They say Mandate should return to the agreed norms in industrial relations as is provided for in our current agreement and call off this unnecessary and damaging action.
Tesco Ireland says they reject Mandate’s claims that the union is left with no option but to have strikes in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon or that it is Tesco’s failure to follow and implement agreed collective procedures. It is in fact the complete opposite they say,and they remain committed to the State’s industrial relations machinery.
They say they regret this action by Mandate and the disruption inflicted on their colleagues, customers and to other businesses in the two towns by these unjustified strikes. It is particularly disappointing action by Mandate for these close-to-the-Border towns in the run up to Christmas.
It is unfathomable that Mandate is taking this approach when Tesco fully respects our colleagues’ right to choose to be represented by a trade union, unlike many other retail stores and businesses this Christmas who do not recognise or engage with Mandate.