Friday 30 September 2016

Fears over 100 jobs at Dunnes Stores in Gorey

Published 21/05/2015 | 21:30

A letter issued by Dunnes Stores management earlier this year said they will “not enter into direct discussions” with a trade union
A letter issued by Dunnes Stores management earlier this year said they will “not enter into direct discussions” with a trade union

At least 100 workers are this evening concerned for their jobs as they have been told that Dunnes Stores plan to immediately close one of their busy South-East branches.

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Management from the grocery giants told staff at the store in Gorey, Co Wexford, this evening of their plans for the “immediate closure” of the branch, according to trade union Mandate.

The organisation, which represents almost 6,000 of Dunnes workers, said that staff were informed of the news shortly after 6pm this evening.

The union has also claimed that management were not “forthcoming” with details of how this will affect the 100 staff members who work there.

However, it is understood that staff who are rostered to work tomorrow have been instructed to come in to work “behind closed doors”.

John Douglas, the Mandate general secretary, described the move as an “insensitive and disgraceful way to treat their staff”.

“At this moment in time, the workers have not been told whether their jobs are at risk.  We simply don’t know whether the store will open again in the future or whether there may be store transfers available. 

“Many of the workers don’t even know whether they have to turn up to work tomorrow.  This is completely unacceptable,” he said.

Workers at Dunnes Stores are embroiled in a bitter and long-running dispute with management at the company over working hours and pay, job security and representation rights.

The majority of Mandate's members in Dunnes Stores went on strike on Holy Thursday and pickets were placed outside almost all of the retailer's 109 outlets around the country.

Their decision to strike came after 67pc of union members balloted in favour of industrial action earlier this year.

Dunnes Stores has never publicly responded to any of the claims made by staff.

But in a letter issued earlier this year, management said they will "not enter into direct discussions" with a trade union.

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