Mandate is to lodge a pay claim with Tesco on behalf of the 8,000 workers it represents.
The trade union is seeking an increase in the minimum pay at the supermarket chain to €11.90 per hour. This is the living wage and is paid to workers at Aldi and Lidl.
For some workers, it would represent an increase of 12% in hourly wages.
For staff who started between 1996 and 2006, it would mean a 3% pay increase.
[readmore]915631[/reamdore]Addressing union members, Mandate assistant general secretary, Gerry Light, said they believe that the claim 'is both reasonable and achievable'."On the issue of pay we are seeking the introduction of a pay scale with a starting point of no less than €11.90 per hour - the living wage - and a top point of no less than €16 per hour," he said."The introduction of this type of a structure will go a long way to ensure greater pay equality amongst all workers in Tesco which is something that is crucially important to many of you.