Adams backs Tesco workers
In the Dáil this morning, Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams raised tomorrows strike involving Tesco workers, including those at stores in county Louth, with the Taoiseach.
Teachta Adams accused the government of failing to have “any substantial commitment in the Programme for Government to defending the rights of workers. The commitment to increase the minimum wage to €10.50 per hour over the next five years is a minimalist objective that will make no substantial impact in the longer term on levels of poverty.”
Deputy Adams said:
“There is a vague commitment to tackling the problems caused by the increased casualization of work but no mention of the use by employers of low hour or ‘if and when contracts’.
“Neither is there any commitment to the introduction of a living wage for workers.
“This is especially important in light of the current number of industrial disputes, including the planned strike by Tesco workers over that company’s efforts to force long-serving workers to accept a new contract with less money and worse conditions of employment.
“Tesco management is behaving irresponsibly. It is engaging in sharp practice and it 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.”