Sunday 25 September 2016

Dunnes workers fear retribution over strike

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

Dunnes Stores employees picketing the St.Stephen's Green Centre store
Dunnes Stores employees picketing the St.Stephen's Green Centre store

Workers at Dunnes Stores have had no communication with management since 6,000 of them took to the picket lines earlier this week.

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Despite the fact that it is estimated the company will lose millions from Holy Thursday's strike action, management at Dunnes Store have not yet engaged with the staff members who are represented by trade union Mandate.

And, Mandate spokesperson David Gibney last night said they are "waiting for the backlash of the company" as senior management had previously communicated to staff that industrial action could result in possible redundancies and lay-offs. He said staff may now see their working hours being slashed or short-term contracts not being renewed.

"There is a whole raft of things that had been threatened prior to the strike, we will just wait and see what happens," he added.

Employment Minister Ged Nash wrote to the trade union yesterday and said that his department remains committed to "enacting collective bargaining legislation by mid-2015".

Irish Independent

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