All Tesco stores remain open again today and throughout the weekend despite the continuation of an " irresponsible strike", according to a representative.
"Business as usual will continue with weekend promotions in all Tesco stores. Tesco is focused on continuing to serve its customers despite this unnecessary and unjustified action by Mandate and apologises for any inconvenience.
"Following a request for talks from the union that called the strike in some stores, Tesco is now meeting Mandate and believes the Union should call off its dispute and accept the Labour Court Recommendation.
"Mandate has unusually refused to accept a Labour Court Recommendation. Tesco believes the leadership of Mandate should have endorsed the outcome of the State industrial relations processes, which both Tesco and Mandate jointly agreed to utilise to resolve the terms for making the pre-1996 changes."
A Tesco representative said that the company are grateful for the outstanding support of colleagues and of customers through this unnecessary dispute.
"The company needs to improve customer service by changing some terms and conditions that are nearly a quarter of a century old and are not suitable to meet our customers’ demands and current shopping habits. We have worked hard over 13 months to reach agreement on how we will fairly compensate our affected colleagues for this change.
"We know that industrial action is difficult, especially for our colleagues and our customers. We would like to assure everyone that we have done everything we can to resolve this issue fairly for everyone involved."
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