10,000 sign petition to back staff at Dunnes
Supporters of Dunnes Stores staff have delivered a 10,000-strong petition to senior management at the company's headquarters.
More than a dozen campaigners met at the city centre office yesterday and delivered the petition to the CEO of the retail giant, Margaret Heffernan.
Employees of the company, who are members of Mandate trade union participated in a one-day strike earlier this month as part of a long-running dispute with the company over working hours and contracts.
The petition is calling upon management to "guarantee that workers will not be intimidated for just standing up for their rights and for trying to argue for their rights".
The signatures were collected by the campaign group Uplift and Siobhan O'Connor, director of the organisation, said they are "disgusted with Dunnes Stores and the way they are treating their workers".
Management at Dunnes issued a letter to staff in February, advising them that they "will not enter into direct negotiations with a trade union".