Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dunnes workers to strike over conditions

Workers at Dunnes Stores are set to walk out in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

Mandate trade union members yesterday voted for action, with more than two-thirds calling for a strike.

The union has announced that a national strike committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the details.

They are still calling on the chain to enter meaningful negotiations in a bid to prevent the work stoppage.

However, speaking after yesterday's vote, Dunnes Stores worker Cathy McLoughlin said the company is refusing to engage with the union.

"Our employer continues to refuse to enter into discussions with us through our union, and they won't even go to the Labour Court to address our issues," she said.


"None of us want to go on strike because we can't afford it, but what other option have we got?"

Workers have been at loggerheads with the company for more than a year.

They say Dunnes' use of temporary contracts of employment are grossly unfair. Union members also want fairer pay.

Representatives from Mandate have said they are aiming for equal conditions that exist in other retail outlets such as Tesco and SuperValu.

Dunnes has 112 stores nationwide and employs more than 10,000 people. A representative had not provided comment at the time of going to print.


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