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Adams calls on Tesco to respect the rights of its workers

11 April, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has accused Tesco management of “behaving irresponsibly and illegally in ignoring the recommendations of a Labour Court ruling in February which said that the company was to introduce a two per cent pay increase”.

Tesco has four stores in County Louth. Tesco workers are currently being balloted by the Mandate Trade Union for strike action.

Gerry Adams said:

“As well as ignoring the Labour Court recommendation for 1000 of its 14,500 Irish workforce Tesco also plans to introduce unilateral pay cuts of up to 15% from April 18th and to change workers’ conditions of employment, work patterns and bonus payments. This is sharp practice and is unacceptable.

Tesco is ignoring the rights of workers and is seeking to increase its substantial profit margin in this state by forcing staff to accept significantly reduced pay. Claims by Tesco that this is about streamlining its systems deliberately ignores the reality that for many workers their conditions of employment will be made worse and their pay packets will be cut.

I would urge Tesco to rethink its current workplace strategy, negotiate properly with the workers union, and step back from what could be a damaging industrial strike.”

Concluding Gerry Adams said:

“The Fine Gael/Labour government failed to legislate to protect workers, especially low paid workers, and has cleared the way for the extension of zero hour contracts and the exploitation of low paid workers. Whatever shape the next government takes Sinn Féin will be demanding stronger workplace protections for staff.”

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