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Picketing Sligo Tesco workers face disciplinary action

Sligo Today understands that Tesco workers from the Sligo branch who engaged in a picket on the Longford outlet on Valentine's Day are now to face a disciplinary procedure. See link below

The fourteen workers travelled to support their Longford colleagues after the Sligo ballot on industrial action was declared null and void when an error saw the pre 1996 employees included in the ballot.

The Ballina, Co Mayo branch also made the same error causing the results to be rejected.

That error made it illegal for Sligo and Ballina staff to mount an indefinite picket on their store commencing on 14th February along with other branches; three stores in Dublin; Baggot Street Lower, Ballyfermot Road and Clearwater, Vevay Road in Bray, Deanscurragh Co Longford, Navan Town Centre, Manor West Retail Park in Tralee and Tullamore Retail Park in Co Offaly.
 
Registered Post

Yesterday,  Monday 6th March, the Sligo based Mandate workers who engaged in picket duties at the Longford store received notifications by registered post to their home addresses.

The letters instructed them to attend a disciplinary meeting with local Tesco management tomorrow Wednesday 8th March.

It is understood they face two disciplinary issues; unapproved absence from work and engaging in a protest at the Longford store.

Suspended

Workers who joined the company prior to 1996 are at the centre of the dispute. While 700 such employees left last year under a redundancy programme, the proposed contract changes will still impact on 250 staff who could see their incomes reduced by up to 15 per cent, according to the union.

Following a second ballot in February, Sligo workers were due to strike indefinitely from Wednesday 8th March however on Saturday 25th February all strike action was suspended as new talks between the union and Tesco got underway.

The supermarket confirmed that it would not make any changes to pre-1996 terms and conditions whilst this process is ongoing.

The Sligo employeesf will have union representation at  tomorrow's disciplinary meeting which could fuel more unrest at the company.

Link : Sligo Today 14/2/2017