Mandate trade union members have voted in favour of industrial action in the four Marks & Spencer stores the company has decided to close.

Union members in the Dún Laoghaire, Mullingar, Naas and Tallaght stores voted by a margin of 88% in favour of industrial action.

The union has now issued notice of industrial action on the company, which will take place on or after 10 September.

M&S said the four shops were unprofitable and that the decision to close them came after a strategic review.

Mandate General Secretary John Douglas said: "The result of the ballot clearly indicates the level of unity within the Marks & Spencer workers who are very upset at the way the company intends to make them compulsorily redundant without any attempt to explore alternative options.

"Mandate is attempting to minimise the impact of the closures on the workers concerned and we believe this situation is completely resolvable.

"We're calling on Marks & Spencer's management to show some goodwill towards their workers and explore all other avenues available, including possible redeployment to other stores."