Updated: 23/02/17 : 04:51:44
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Sligo Tesco ballot to support strike action

SLIGO TESCO staff members of Mandate trade union will now join the national strike. 

This follows a decision made by ballot at a meeting last night, Wednesday.

However, the 'RTE News Now' online app does not offer any figures on the vote in Sligo.

Mandate now claims that over 2,000 Tesco workers in 22 stores will be on strike from next week. 

The dispute centres on a company plan to move up to 250 pre-1996 employees to conditions requiring a changed working week and cuts in premia.

There are renewed fears that some businesses in Sligo's Tesco arcade could see drops in business takings if footfall drops during a strike.

Other centres similar to Sligo, (Bray, Greystones, Finglas,) are reporting up to 90 per cent drop in business by tenants as footfall decreases.

Will Worsen

Employers group, IBEC, has refused a Labour Court invitation to talks. 

Last night the group claimed the Labour Court invitation was ''being cited in some parts of the Tesco business to encourage a vote for strike action in ballots.''

Noted RTE's website: ''Industrial observers are concerned that there appears to be no sign of a settlement and that the impact of the dispute will worsen.''

The disputes come on the back of a financial crisis in the firm's UK parent company.

In the Irish market, Tesco's hitherto dominance has been overtaken in recent industry surveys by a number of multiples.