SuperValu MOPI – Membership Survey & General Update

To:   All Mandate Members – SuperValu MOPI 

Re:   Membership Survey & General Update

30 September 2021

Dear Member,

I hope this correspondence finds you and yours safe and well. Mandate would like to take this opportunity to launch our Pay & Benefits 2022 Membership Survey and to update you on a number of issues for our members in SuperValu MOPI.

Membership Survey
As was reported in the July Membership Update the current Pay & Benefits Agreement in place within SuperValu MOPI, is due to expire on the 31st January 2022.  In advance of formulating your 2022 Pay & Benefits Claim, Mandate are requesting that all members take 2 minutes to complete the following Survey. 

Please click on this link to your survey: 

It is imperative that All Mandate Members employed in SuperValu MOPI, avail of this opportunity to complete their Membership Survey and let us know what they would like to form part of their next Pay & Benefits Claim. 

Following the closure of the Survey on Friday 22nd October, Mandate will collate all of the responses and present them at the upcoming National Shop Stewards Meeting, which we are hoping to hold after the lifting of all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in October. The National Shop Stewards group will then formulate and ratify the terms of your Pay & Benefits 2022 Claim. We will of course keep all members updated. Please be advised that all responses will be anonymised in advance of being presented to the Shop Stewards. 

The Employee Assistance Programme
SuperValu MOPI have provided Mandate with the details of the Employee Assistance Programme that is available free of charge to all employees and their Family members aged over 16. Mandate would encourage all members who are experiencing difficult times in their personal lives, to avail of this strictly confidential service, which is run by the VHI. The contact details for the Employee Assistance Programme are available by clicking here.

Staff Discount on Alcohol Sales
As was reported in the January 2021 MOPI Member Update, the Union was informed by the Company that as a result of the passing into law of certain provisions contained within the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, that as and from the 11th January 2021 the staff discount could not apply to purchases of alcohol. Notwithstanding this, the Union received numerous queries from members with regard to this matter and we wrote to the Company seeking clarification by way of correspondence dated 25th March, which can be viewed by clicking here.

The Company responded outlining their position by way of correspondence dated 26th March, which is available by clicking here, stating that S.I. No. 4/2020 – Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 (Sale and Supply of Alcohol Products) Regulations 2020, is the specific piece of legislation that prevents the Company from being able to apply the Staff Discount to purchases of Alcohol.

Online Driver Delivery Route Planning System
Mandate have been informed by the Company that they are commencing the trial of a new delivery route planning system called “Smart Routes”, which it is envisaged will replace the troublesome Paragon system, that has been in use. Please click here for a copy of the correspondence from the Company.  

The Smart Routes system will initially be trialed in 6 stores for a 10 week period. Online Drivers may be asked in the initial stages of the trial roll-out to manually log the length of time between deliveries, this is simply to assist in the programming of the Smart Routes system and your union have received assurances from the Company that this data will not be used for any other purpose.

It is imperative that all Online Drivers in the 6 stores (Limerick, Swords, Waterford, Kilkenny, Bray & Walkinstown) raise any issues or observations that they encounter with the Smart Routes system, with local management during this trial period so as to ensure that the issues can be addressed and rectified.  

SuperValu / Superquinn Pensionable Age
Mandate have written to Ms. Heidi Fitzgerald, MOPI Head of HR with regard to the age at which a member can access their SuperValu / Superquinn pension. A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking here. Mandate will keep you updated on any response received and any further developments with regard to this matter.

Flu Vaccine
Mandate have received correspondence from Ms. Heidi Fitzgerald, Head of HR, informing us that the Company will be providing the Flu Vaccine free of charge, to all colleagues who wish to receive same in the coming weeks. This announcement is a really positive development for all members who wish to receive the vaccine.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update and please remember to complete your survey as soon as is possible.  Mandate will keep you updated of any and all developments.

Yours fraternally,
On Behalf of the SuperValu MOPI National Team

Keith Pollard,
Divisional Organiser

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