Updated: 15/02/17 : 06:54:31
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Strike pickets expected on Sligo's Tesco store shortly

As workers at eight Tesco stores are beginning their second day of strike action today staff at the Sligo branch are preparing for a second ballot.

Pickets are expected to be mounted shortly outside the O'Connell St/Wine St carpark outlet after it was considered illegal for staff to participate yesterday due to an error in their original ballot. See link below.

The ongoing strike will see a further eight stores will join the picket on Friday.

Other businesses in Sligo's Tesco Arcade have expressed concern that footfall in the popular shopping centre could be adversely affected if pickets prevent some customers from using the facility.

Mandate, union that represents the bulk of Tesco employees said the workers have been "left with no option" but to take strike action

A statement from Tesco described the industrial action as "unjustified" and outlined how business will continue as usual in all stores.

"Tesco is focused on continuing to serve its customers despite this unnecessary action by Mandate," it read.

The strikes are in response to Tesco wanting to move 250 staff recruited before 1996 onto less favourable contracts.

Mandate insists that this change would hit workers in terms of both pay and conditions, with cuts of up to 15pc.

However, Tesco once urged the union to accept the Labour Court recommendation to resolve the dispute.

The Labour Court's recommendation was as follows:

    Rate of pay is protected (90% of affected colleagues will see an increase in their rate of pay)
    Premiums paid in line with everyone else
    Pay increases implemented (now at 4%) as part of the Recommendation, as lump sum or
    rate increase
    5pc share bonus has been protected
    2/3 guaranteed overtime is protected
    Sundays continue to be voluntary
    Partial flexibility 2 days out of 5 on 5/6
    In event of loss of income, compensation paid at 2 times or 2.5 times annual loss depending
    on option
    Goodwill gesture of 2,000 or 3,000 depending on option to all affected colleagues
    OR Voluntary redundancy 5 weeks per year uncapped (average pay out to date is 105,000)

Workers rejected the recommendation and have said they will not return until a resolution is found.

Link: Sligo Today 14/2/2017