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Friday 15 December 2017

Dunnes workers to get 3pc pay rise

A pay rise of 3pc for Dunnes Stores workers has been welcomed by union chiefs.

More than 10,000 workers in the company's 116 shops will get the increase.

Mandate trade union, representing more than 4,000 Dunnes workers, has outlined that the pay rise was part of a comprehensive claim by the union as part of its Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign.

The union's assistant general secretary Gerry Light said: "Obviously this news is very welcome, but the hourly increase only partially addresses the claim which we recently served on the company.

On the day Mandate referred the full claim on behalf of our members to the Labour Relations Commission, the company has decided to concede a 3pc pay increase."

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Two other union objectives which remain unresolved are the introduction of banded hour contracts, which would provide "secure hours and earnings" for workers, along with an end to the "unnecessary" use of fixed-term temporary contracts, said Mr Light.

"If the company decides to decrease hours for their workers on the back of this pay increase, the workers can actually suffer a loss in their take home pay.

"This is why we are insisting on the introduction of banded hour contracts with secure hours and earnings which is already in existence in Tesco, Penneys, Marks & Spencer and many more of Dunnes Stores' main competitors.

"We are calling yet again for Dunnes management to either engage directly with the union or attend at the Labour Relations Commission so that we can agree employment conditions which are now commonplace.

The union's full claim also seeks a review of pay scales and pay rates and to establish the right to representation for Mandate members in Dunnes Stores.

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