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Tesco’s treatment of long-serving staff endemic of ‘race to the bottom’ – Cullinane

27 January, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator and Workers’ Rights Spokesperson David Cullinane has described proposed moves by Tesco to renegotiate contracts held by their longest serving staff as endemic “of a race to the bottom, and all under the false guise of competitiveness”. 

Senator Cullinane said:

“Tesco Ireland is one of the most profitable companies in the state. And yet, it is seeking to reduce the pay and terms and conditions of its long term and most loyal employees. This is unacceptable and other example of a profitable company rowing back on workers’ pay.

“I have spent five years debating with Fine Gael Ministers and representatives in the Seanad and in the Oireachtas Jobs Committee on these issues. They try their best to conceal their anti-trade union policies and anti-worker policies but scratch the surface and it’s there. Minister Bruton uses words like competitiveness, flexibility, and attractiveness to justify exploitation and a growing low wage economy. 

“The irony is that stronger performing economies have better rates of pay, betters employment rights and better public services. Building the recovery on low paid jobs and a hollowing out of workers’ rights is not sustainable or fair.

“The notion of decent work for decent pay is alien to a small number of employers and to any Fine Gael-led Government. An Taoiseach rattles out a line about ‘making work pay’, this betrays the disgusting ideology which tolerates greed and a race to the bottom which can only harm workers.” 

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