Stabilisation Deal Agreed between Mandate & Heatons
Monday 18 June 2012, 11am
A new 18-month stabilisation deal has been agreed between retailer Heatons and the Mandate trade union.
The retailer employs around 1,000 people in Ireland, the majority of which are Mandate members, and operates 52 stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The deal was passed by a narrow majority.
The temporary deal, described as strictly non precedent forming, involves a pay cut of 3% for its employees. However to offset this employees will have their increments unfrozen from February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013. To further offset losses to staff wages an agreement has been reached on giving all staff the same average hours for comparable trading periods in 2011 and rolling out a sales incentive scheme that will be reviewed with reference to verified trading figures.
Mandate general secretary, John Douglas, stressed that the deal is “both exceptional and temporary”.
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