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M&S staff to strike in Ireland

Marks & Spencer staff in the Republic of Ireland are to strike over “unacceptable” plans to end the company’s final salary pension scheme.

The strike action is planned for December 7 plus two further days before Christmas across 17 stores in Ireland. According to the Guardian 94% of workers voted in favour of the strike.

The Mandate trade union called the plan to shut the retirement scheme to new staff “unacceptable”.

However the retailer said: “These changes are in line with the Irish market. The changes we are making will help manage these costs for the long term and ensure our business is best set up for the future.

M&S has done all it can to try and move this situation forward so we are extremely disappointed that the company has been given notice that strike action has been called.”

In August it was announced that M&S was to close four stores in Ireland, which would result in around 180 job losses.

The retailer announced the decision after a strategic store review in Ireland and closed sites in Mullingar in Co Westmeath, Tallaght in Dublin, Dun Laoghaire in Dublin and Naas in Co Kildare.

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