Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Niall Collins TD has said it’s imperative Tesco attend the Labour Court to resolve the ongoing dispute between workers and management. Deputy Collins made the comments ahead of planned industrial action at 70 Tesco stores across the country tomorrow.
Deputy Collins commented, “It’s shocking to read reports that management still intend to unilaterally change the existing employment contracts of some workers at the company. This will result in reduced pay and conditions for those with more than 20 years’ service – many of whom are older workers.
“This goes against the established industrial relations practice of ensuring decent workplace conditions in Ireland. Before any changes are introduced there should be full consultation and agreement with workers.
“Union representatives indicate that changes to workers conditions of employment will result in the imposition of draconian pay cuts averaging between 15 – 20%. There will also be a significant reduction in overtime and widespread changes to work rosters.
“It’s harrowing to hear that nearly 900 workers are currently on family-income supplement despite being employed at the company. Tesco is now looking to lower the wage for 300 workers which will result in the state having to step in and provide additional financial support for those affected. This is despite the fact that Tesco is a highly profitable company.
“Considering the retailer has 139 stores nationwide, any cuts to pay would not only affect working families, but also impact negatively on communities, especially in rural areas and the local economy.
“Fianna Fáil believes that long serving Tesco workers cannot have their employment rights unilaterally changed without their agreement. It’s also incumbent of Tesco’s management to attend the Labour court to discuss and resolve other issues at dispute,” said Deputy Collins.