Friday 28 April 2017

Gilmore joins rally for sacked shoe-sellers

Bia Dica (4) looks on as Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore speaks at a Mandate rally at Connolly Shoes in Dun Laoghaire
Bia Dica (4) looks on as Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore speaks at a Mandate rally at Connolly Shoes in Dun Laoghaire

Anne-Marie Walsh

LABOUR Party leader Eamon Gilmore joined a crowd of hundreds to support two sacked shoe-sellers yesterday.

The rally took place in protest at a long-running dispute between workers and Connolly Shoes in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Trade union Mandate called on the shoe store to accept an invitation from the Labour Relations Commission to talks to resolve the dispute.

"The workers... have been on strike since early April because of the aggressive behaviour of their employer," said Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light.

He said the store had sacked the two workers, who had with more than 30 years' service each, because they would not accept cuts in their working hours.

"Mandate and the workers involved have made genuine efforts to resolve all of the issues with the employer in order to reach a mutually acceptable agreement," he said.

"However, we have been met with continued aggression and hostility."

Irish Independent

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