Updated: 22/02/17 : 06:04:51
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Tesco calls on union to abandon strike

Tesco is calling on the Mandate trade union to abandon its strike.

It's after staff at just one out of eight Tesco stores who were balloted last night, voted to 'down tools'.

The company says only half of stores balloted so far have joined the action.

In the Dáil, Anti Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit TDs have tabled a motion of support for the striking workers.

Tesco has again called the action "reckless" and "aggressive"

But Mandate has accused Tesco of trying to pressurize staff.

It says stores in Carlow Town, Sandymount and Bloomfield, Ballinasloe and Newbridge will join the strike early next week.

And it claims staff at several more stores have asked to be balloted.

Staff at the Sligo branch are scheduled to ballot on strike action today, Wednesday.

See Sligo Today 22/2/2017