Up to 270 Lloyds Pharmacy staff from Wicklow and around the country will stage a strike in Dublin today.
Strike action has escalated each week over the past two months, with this being the first time staff from 40 stores nationwide will attend one picket.
The dispute centres around employee pay and conditions, with Mandate Trade Union and workers having four main claims, which are:
– A pay increase and incremental pay scales
– Introduction of a sick pay scheme
– Elimination of zero hour contracts
– Improvements in annual leave entitlements
Mandate says the company is refusing to implement a Labour Court recommendation which stated that Lloyds Phar should allow their workers trade union representation.
Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady, who joined staff on the picket line in Bray last week, has voiced his support for Lloyds workers.
TD Brady said: “It is to the shame of the management at Lloyds, who are owned by the largest pharmaceutical company in the world with revenues of €169 billion in 2017, that they seek to deny their workers the most basic of rights.
“I commend them for the brave stance they are taking. They are taking this stand not only for themselves but for all workers who are mistreated by management.
“I know that Lloyds workers are determined to continue with strike action until the company treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.”