Tesco Ireland announced today that they will be giving their staff a 10% bonus on their hourly rate of pay, in recognition of their incredible effort during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The increase will be backdated to the 9th of March 2020 and will remain in effect right up until the 1st of May 2020. The situation will then be review accordingly.
The CEO of Tesco Ireland, Kari Daniels said: “It’s been an unprecedented couple of weeks and despite the enormous challenges, it’s been incredible to see how colleagues have stepped up and responded, doing an outstanding job.
"This pay bonus is just one way we are saying thank you to our colleagues and recognising that they are on the front-line, helping to serve Ireland’s shoppers during these uncertain and difficult times.”
General Secretary John Douglas said, "This Covid-19 crisis has made one thing abundantly clear to everyone across all our communities in relation to the essential public service carried out by all frontline retail workers in ensuring much needed essential supplies for us all.
"The selfless and dedicated work carried out by these workers by keeping stocks replenished on the supermarket shelves and by making sure supermarkets remain open during this crisis deserves to be recognised and rewarded by their employer Tesco.
"We now call on all other retailers to follow Tesco's example and reward their workforce for stepping up to the plate in these worryingly dangerous times."
Mr Douglas added that he believed much more needed to be done by the government to protect jobs and businesses.
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