Monday 16 September 2019

Argos staff in line for 2.5pc wage increase and hours deal


Argos (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Argos (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Up to 1,000 Argos workers are set for a 2.5pc pay rise after overwhelmingly backing a new wage agreement.

Staff at the catalogue shopping chain have voted by 98pc in favour of the increase, which is backdated to July 1 this year.

Their union, Mandate, said in a statement that the pay deal also included provisions which ensure members would get more secure working hours.

It is understood this will mean existing staff are offered extra hours before new workers are hired.

"This will enable workers to increase their incomes and also provide them with certainty over their earnings," said a union statement.

Activist Sarah Byrne, from the Liffey Valley store in Dublin, said the deal would significantly improve conditions.

"The pay increase is obviously welcome, but probably the most important part of this deal is the clarity it provides in relation to hours," she said.

Argos did not respond to a request for a comment.

Irish Independent

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