Up to 80 workers at Tesco in the Cork suburb of Douglas took to the picket line today in protest at new working conditions.
Tesco is moving to a new store this Friday, and seven workers in employment before 1996 say they will lose their existing terms and conditions when the move goes ahead.
They will no longer receive entitlements such as premium payments for certain shift patterns, or have the right to work certain hours and certain Sundays.
The 80 workers, represented by the union Mandate, claim the decision to replace the terms and conditions of the seven will eventually affect all employees nationally.
Other workers say that Tesco removed their flexible hours without warning and replaced them with fixed hours.
It appeared this morning that only small numbers of customers were crossing the picket line. Two of the pre-1996 seven workers today claimed that the last month had been the toughest of their lives.
Vivienne Keating, from Crosshaven, said: “I am here 24 years and all I want is to go to the new store with the same terms and conditions. We are not looking for anything else. It is very upsetting and it has been an awful time since we were told the news by the company on Good Friday.”
Article courtesy of the Evening Echo newspaper.