Sunday 18 March 2018

Staff want pay rise at Dunnes Stores

Dunnes Stores staff are seeking a 3pc pay rise
Dunnes Stores staff are seeking a 3pc pay rise

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

A RETAIL union has made a claim for a 3pc pay rise for Dunnes Stores' 14,000-strong workforce.

Mandate lodged the claim for the wage increase with the chain, a little more than 12 months since the same wage rise was paid to staff last year.

The union represents more than 4,000 workers at the Irish-owned retailer, but any negotiated pay rise is likely to be granted to all staff.

Dunnes Stores was due to attend the Labour Court after Mandate filed a claim for a 3pc pay rise last year, but it announced to staff ahead of the hearing that it would give the pay rise.

The new claim also seeks the setting up of banded contracts for staff.

This would give them more stability as their working hours would range within a narrow band of hours.

"The reason we wrote to Dunnes is that the pay rise was in March last year, and generally our claims run for 12 months, so the deadline has expired," said Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light.

He said the reason for the claim was rising costs for workers, while he claimed the company was still "hugely profitable".

Irish Independent

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