Friday 15 December 2017

Dunnes strike on Holy Thursday

Members of the Mandate trade union working in Dunnes Stores are set to go out on strike on Holy Thursday, April 2.

Among the issues central to the dispute are the security surrounding staff contracts, a claim that there is excessive use of temporary contracts and a union demand for fair pay across the Dunnes Stores workforce.

The one-day strike is to take place in the 107 stores across the Republic of Ireland, with a review taking place thereafter to determine if further industrial action is necessary.

Texter survives train accident

A 27-year-old woman who walked into the path of a freight train in Florida while using her mobile phone was thrown into the air but has survived.

Police said Sheena Keynna appeared to be texting yesterday afternoon as she walked around the crossing gates and into the path of the passing freight train in Lakeland.

She suffered a compound fracture to her right arm and her right leg was injured.

Oscar appeal 'doesn't matter'

The mother of the South African woman killed by Oscar Pistorius has said she has no interest in an upcoming appeal.

Pistorius's lawyers will challenge a judge's decision to allow prosecutors to appeal later this week the runner's negligent killing conviction.

June Steenkamp, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, who was killed by the Olympian, said the appeal does not matter to her even if it led to a harsher sentence for Pistorius.

Ms Steenkamp was announcing plans to launch a foundation against domestic violence in her daughter's honour.

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