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Strikes at six Tesco stores delayed over union notice

The union said it was erring on the side of caution.

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SIX TESCO STORES due to join strike action from Monday will have their action deferred after concerns were raised over the notice served by union Mandate.

Tesco has raised concerns that the notice served by Mandate for strike action in Newbridge, Sligo town, Ballinasloe, Carlow, Bloomfield and Sandymount did not conform with employment law.

A Mandate official said that the union had decided to “err on the side of caution” and reissued the notices.

Those stores will join the action next Friday instead of this Monday.

The row centres on proposed changes to pre-1996 contracts which a small number of staff are currently on. Tesco now says that the results of the ballot mean that Mandate should end the strike.

Tesco has called on Mandate to end the “reckless” action.

“Mandate’s call to strike has now been rejected in more than half of stores balloted with the heavy losses delivered over the last three nights.

“It is incontrovertible that Mandate’s strike plan is not being endorsed as is shown not just by the union’s overwhelming losses in ballots but also by the increasing number of colleagues crossing picket lines to return to work, with a further increase today.”

Read: Tesco wants union to end ‘reckless’ strike as number of striking workers grows to 2,000

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