Unions vote in favour of Labour Court recommendation on M&S dispute

Mandate and SIPTU members in Marks & Spencer have voted by a margin of 97% in favour of the Labour Court Recommendation issued last Friday evening. mandate A dispute over the company’s pension scheme led to a picket by staff at M&S stores around the country, including the outlet in Killarney’s Deerpark. The vote means that a further strike planned for tomorrow will not now go ahead. The recommendation deals with the central concern expressed by the unions that they were unable to deal with the company’s cost cutting plans due to lack of access to financial information. The unions have now written to the company seeking immediate engagement due to the tight time-frames set by the Labour Court. A spokesperson for the local branch of Mandate said she was pleased with the outcome of the ballot and looked forward to further engagement with the company.