Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary has said the approach taken towards long serving Tesco workers is deeply unjust and unfair. Deputy Calleary has written to the CEO of Tesco Ireland outlining his concerns with the changes to employment conditions the company is planning on bringing in.
Deputy Calleary commented, “Tesco workers are understandably anxious about the proposals put forward by management. The bulk of the employees being targeted under the plan are long serving members of staff and should be treated with more respect than has been afforded to them by the company.
“It is shocking that management have signalled their intention to unilaterally change the existing employment contracts of workers, resulting in reduced pay and conditions for those with more than 20 years’ service, without any sort of consultation. This goes against the established industrial relations practice of ensuring decent workplace conditions in Ireland.
“I have written to the CEO of Tesco Ireland outlining the concerns of workers who lives have been turned upside down. No change in employment status can be carried out without meaningful consultation and the explicit agreement of the workers involved.
“I welcome the fact that discussions will resume at the Workplace Relations Commission next Wednesday between Tesco Ireland and Mandate representatives in light of management’s decision to defer changing the existing employment contracts of long serving workers.
“Fianna Fáil will continue to support the Tesco workers campaign to protect their terms and conditions and ensure than no changes will be implemented without the full backing of the employees”.