Monday 18 December 2017

Union warns on low hours as Dunnes staff win pay battle

Dunnes Stores (stock image)
Dunnes Stores (stock image)

Gordon Deegan

A UNION boss has welcomed a new pay rise for Dunnes Stores staff but warned that the company must tackle issues over low hours contracts.

A 3pc increase for 10,000 workers means staff have had a 12pc pay hike over the last four years.

Mandate had lodged a pay claim in April of this year and the Labour Court had scheduled a hearing for December 1.

Mandate Assistant General Secretary, Gerry Light, hailed the rise.

However, Mandate, which represents 4,500 Dunnes workers, said the majority are still on low-hour contracts and this insecurity over hours needs to be addressed.

Mr Light said Dunnes still has the power to wipe out the 3pc pay increase by not awarding workers secure hour contracts.

The union pointed out that Dunnes workers can have their hours slashed at the sole discretion of a local manager, potentially reducing their income from €400 to €150 per week.

Mr Light said: "Any pay increase must be implemented in conjunction with secure hour contracts to ensure workers have certainty of earnings from week to week. Mandate is proceeding with a case in the Labour Court for secure hour contracts for Dunnes workers."

Irish Independent

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