Why is a Cork City Councillor unhappy with Tesco?

28 January 2016
By Bryan Smyth
bryan@TheCork.ie

Anti Austerity Alliance Councillor Mick Barry this morning slammed plans by Tesco to cut the pay of nearly 1,000 members of its Irish workforce by up to 6,500 euro per annum.

Cllr Mick Barry
Cllr Mick Barry

This morning’s Irish Examiner explains that nearly 1000 staff on pre-1996 Tesco contract rates of 14.31 per hour maximum would be cut to post-2006 contract rates of 11.97 per hour under the plan which Tesco plan to implement by mid-April.

Tesco has many stores in the Cork area including Wilton, Paul St, Douglas, Mahon and Midleton.

Cllr Barry said this morning: “The pay cuts being threatened by Tesco are massive – more than 100 euro per worker per week. Every big retailer in the country will be watching this issue with great interest – if Tesco get away with it others will give serious consideration to following suit. Industrial action can defeat this plan. If the Tesco workers have to take strike action to defeat this plan they will deserve the full support of every Tesco customer, every retail worker and every trade unionist in the country.”

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