Thursday 18 January 2018

Thousands of Dunnes Stores workers strike in employment conditions row

Dunnes Stores
Dunnes Stores

As many as 6,000 Dunnes Stores workers are staging a one day strike outside over 100 of the chain’s shops today.

Mandate, the trade union which represents 6,000 of the Dunnes Stores workforce, said that the majority of their members will take to the picket line outside 98pc of the retailing giant's 109 outlets around the country throughout the day.

The industrial action is the result of a long running dispute between management and staff at the company, in a row over pay, contracts and representation rights with management.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland Mandate trade union General Secretary John Douglas said: "There are over 6,000 workers on strike this morning in a fight for decent pay and decent conditions of employment.”

He added: “At the moment, 80% of Dunnes Stores workers haven't a clue, beyond 15 hours, how many hours they are going to work from week-to-week. So, you can't plan your life, you can't plan your future and there's no financial security.”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave the workers his support yesterday during a discussion with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

He said he supports the Dunnes Stores employees "in their right to clarity as to their working hours".

Siptu, Impact and Unite also called upon their members to support the retail staff who are set to strike today.

Dunnes management has not issued any formal comment yet, however in a recent letter to staff they warned that the strike could harm the company.

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