I support Dunnes Stores workers' right to clarity in their working hours - Taoiseach
Published 01/04/2015 | 12:49
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he supports Dunnes Stores’ workers “right to clarity in their working hours.”
Mr Kenny told the Dail that his message to both the supermarket management and workers was that tomorrow’s strike did not need to go ahead.
The Taoiseach was questioned by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, who said he was speaking as a former Enterprise and Employment Minister.
Mr Martin said Dunnes Stores workers were not getting fair play from management about their working hours.
He said other stores – including Marks & Spencers, Tesco and Penneys – had signed up to arrangements which gave workers a clear idea what their working hours would be.
The Fianna Fail leader further alleged that Dunnes workers were living in fear of management reprisals and he argued that industrial relations in Ireland were regressing to the 19th Century.
“There’s an absence of dignity and decency in how Dunnes Stores are treating their workers,” Mr Martin told the Dail.
The Taoiseach said Labour Junior Jobs Minister, Ged Nash, was now addressing the issue of low pay and “zero-hour contracts.”
The Low Pay Commission would report in July and the Government would act upon its recommendations. The issue of working hour contracts would also be addressed.
Mr Kenny said he met the Dunnes Stores’ representative from the Mandate trade union at the recent launch of the Low Pay Commission.
“I support Dunnes Stores workers in their right to clarity as to their working lives,” the Taoiseach said.
“The message is that this can be sorted out,” Mr Kenny said.