Ireland - Tesco strikes suspended - February 28, 2017

Trade union Mandate which represents staff employed by the retail giant Tesco called off its strike action as Tesco agreed to put contract changes on hold to allow a new round of Labour Court talks take place. Sales across Tesco’s network fall significantly after picket lines were placed outside a small number of its shops. The dispute centred around proposed contract changes to about 250 long-serving staff. The union claimed the changes would result in the wages of staff recruited before 1996 falling by more than 15 per cent. After the two sides took part in talks under the auspices of the Labour Court they came to an agreement that involved Mandate immediately suspending all industrial action and Tesco issuing a statement in which it confirmed it would not make any changes to the pre-1996 terms and conditions while the talks are ongoing.

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