Sinn Féin Stands with Tesco Workers – David Cullinane TD
David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for workers rights, has called on Tesco to enter into proper dialogue with Mandate trade union and to refrain from forcing through changes to contracts and established work practices.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"The issue of pay and conditions is one that is best worked out between unions and management.
Tesco, however, have decided to disregard normal industrial relations procedures and engage in unilateral action that is meant to antagonize and disrupt standard and agreed resolution procedures.
The company is attempting to force changes to contracts of employment without agreement. The new contracts would result in some workers experiencing reduced incomes of up to 15 percent along with increased use of undecided hours.
Some people who have worked for Tesco Ireland for up to 21 years are now being told to accept imposed changes to their contracts or get out the door.
This is unacceptable and Sinn Féin stands with Tesco workers and their union, Mandate, in opposing such unilateral and unacceptable behaviour.
More worryingly, it appears that Tesco Ireland have hired an infamous union-busting legal firm to undermine any decent contracts of employment remaining in the retail sector in Ireland.
We are hearing reports of some Mandate union officials who have been barred from meeting their members in Tesco stores.
Last year I moved a bill before the Dáil that dealt directly with this issue.
The Right to Access Bill would ensure that union officials could meet their members without fear of intimidation.
I will be launching this bill tomorrow and hope to bring it before the Dáil for a second reading at the earliest possible time.
We cannot allow unions to be undermined in this way.
This is about decent work in the retail sector and across the rest of our society.