Ireland -Marks & Spencer workers vote for strike -December 01, 2013

Marks & Spencer workers voted by a margin of 94% in favour of strike action following the closure of the workers' pension scheme without agreement. Trade union Mandate announced that strike action, together with SIPTU, will take place across 17 stores nationally on Saturday 7 December, with two further days planned before Christmas. Negotiations with the management over the workers' defined benefit pension scheme failed. Management informed the workers that the retirement fund is a ‘discretionary benefit’, whilst the trade unions said the scheme is performing and is in surplus to the tune of approximately €17m.



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