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Activist 90: Coronavirus special 8

Coronavirus special 8. Includes articles on profiteering bosses whilst workers deal with the reality of Covid-19, strikes in retail and distribution in the US, Views from the shopfloor from a convenience shop worker, a Sainsbury’s rep and an Usdaw member.

 

Activist 85: Coronavirus Special 3

Coronavirus Special 3, April 2020. Includes articles on ‘non-essential’ retail, Tesco’s dividend payouts, solidarity with Chilean retail leader Vilma Alvarez and more views from the shopfloor

Give members a vote on pay deals in Tesco

Usdaw members in Tesco have not had a vote on pay for over two decades since the union and the company entered into a partnership agreement in 1998. Over time Tesco members have seen an erosion of terms and conditions, cuts to premiums, redundancies, low hour contracts, flexi contracts and staff shortages. As well as a decline in Usdaw membership in Tesco.

We believe every member should have the right to an individual vote on their pay. We call for a return of the ballot on pay to replace the current ‘forum’ process. And we have an opportunity to strike a blow now as a first step towards this.

At the 2019 Usdaw annual delegate meeting in Blackpool in May a proposition was moved forward by North Sussex calling for a ‘one member, one vote’ in Tesco pay negotiations. The proposition called for the Tesco membership to have the individual right to vote on their pay by an in-store ballot run by reps in a similar way as distribution sites, and in companies such as Morrisons.

The pay deal would still be negotiated by the national forum but the final say would ultimately sit with the Usdaw membership in Tesco. The proposition was vigorously debated and culminated in a card vote – For 235,577 (68.85%) and Against 106,600 (31.15%).

Usdaw’s executive committee has decided to refer the terms of the proposition to the national officer with responsibility for Tesco for action as appropriate. To help deliver the sentiment behind this proposition, if individual members of Tesco wish to gain the right to vote on their pay it is imperative that they raise it on their staff forums for escalation to the Store Director Forum (SD Forum).

I encourage all Usdaw members in Tesco, submit this issue to be discussed in your store forum to go the SD Forums and make sure your voices are heard!

Amy Murphy, Usdaw President (personal capacity)

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Usdaw Activist 79

January 28, 2019 Leave a comment

Includes articles on John Lewis, Bank Holidays, Irish Tesco Strike and John Hannett’s retirement

Solidarity with Striking Tesco Workers in Ireland

December 21, 2018 Leave a comment

Irish Tesco workers were back out on strike in December, against the effective derecognition of their trade union. Mandate members in Sligo have so far taken two days of strike action, with another two to follow on the 21st and 22nd December, being joined by Tesco workers in Carrick-on-Shannon on the 22nd.

70 workers joined the first day of the strike in Sligo, a process that evolved from a collective greivance lodged in April 2017. After Tesco management repeatedly ignored this, eventually Mandate balloted workers with 97% voting for strike action on an 85% turnout!
This dispute, like the previous strike wave in Tesco in 2017, is a resounding rejection of the idea that retail workers will not respond to calls for strike action. Clearly workers in Sligo have shown their determination not to be walked over by management.

The Activist sends its full support to Tesco workers taking strike action in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon.

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Usdaw Activist 77

Includes articles on the Tesco Dagenham strike, Belgian Lidl victory and reports from Usdaw ADM 2018 and TUC demonstration

Usdaw Activist 76: TUC demo special

Includes articles on ADM 2018, Tesco Dagenham strike, Asda-Sainsbury merger and Belgian Lidl strike

Solidarity with Driscolls workers in San Quintin, Mexico – Support the Global Day of Action 16th August

August 14, 2017 1 comment

Workers for Driscolls, the world largest berry supplier, in San Quintin have been organising for trade union rights as well as decent pay and working conditions.Workers currently earn as little as $6 a day for a 12-15 hour work day.

As part of this campaign they have called for a boycott of Driscolls products until the company agrees these demands, with the latest global soldiarity action taking place on August 16th. This campaign has already forced the company to agree a union contract for its workers in Washington State, in the USA.

Driscolls European arm is a supplier to many of the UK supermarkets Usdaw members work for including Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury, Asda, Aldi, M&S and Waitrose. Therefore support from UK workers in retail and distribution is an important part of fighting for decent working conditions within the retail industry and its supply chains.

Please show your solidarity with these workers by taking a ‘solidarity selfie’ and using the hashtag #BoycottDriscollsContinua. Activist supporters have produced the following poster which can be used.

driscolls poster

Poster for ‘solidarity selfies’ with Driscolls workers in Mexico

Activist 70

Issue 70 of the Activist – includes articles on Tesco pay deal, retail workers from across Europe meet and the NSSN TUC Congress 2017 fringe meeting.

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Tesco’s 10% pay increase accompanied by cuts and job losses

July 14, 2017 1 comment

The headline figure in the result of the latest Tesco pay negotiations is a pay rise of 10.57% to £8.42, in Tesco’s own words its “biggest ever pay award”. And it is far higher than the pay rises of 2% or less that I received when I used to work for Tesco.

Scott Jones, Usdaw East London C026 branch chair (personal capacity)

But in the detail below the headlines it’s revealed that this rise will take place over the course of the next two years, straight away meaning that the increase is actually just over 5% a year. And this increase comes after small or no increases in the last couple of years.

Another blow will be the decrease in Sunday and bank holiday pay from time and a half to time and a quarter, which in Usdaw’s Network magazine for August is flippantly brushed aside with the justification that most companies already pay a flat rate for bank holiday working. And inflation is currently running at around 3%.

So while a pay increase of 5% is welcome, against a backdrop of cuts in terms and conditions, now and previously, this is merely playing catch-up. And while Usdaw members will have different opinions over the pay deal, the fact that yet again Tesco workers don’t get a vote on it means there is no accountability.

And as one Tesco worker commented to me, with the estimated 1,100 potential job losses at its call centre in Cardiff and possibly more at head office, Tesco is moving money around the company as opposed to making a large investment in this offer. An investment it could afford to do, with a rise in operating profit and a £3.7 billion takeover of cash-and-carry group Booker on the cards.

There is no excuse to close the call centre in Cardiff which will be devastating for those 1,100 workers and the local area. Usdaw and the Welsh government should put as much pressure on Tesco as possible. The union in particular should ballot for strike action over this and future attacks on terms and conditions.

The Mandate trade union in Ireland brought Tesco workers out on strike earlier this year after Tesco tried to change contracts and force workers to take redundancy.

Their strike, which was extended and spread with brilliant picket lines throughout the dispute, was an inspiration to workers here and shows what’s possible. Usdaw should look to this as an example in the fight to save jobs, terms and conditions and to secure a £10 an hour real living wage for all.