Sunday 21 January 2018

Briefs: Dunnes Stores to give staff 3pc pay hike

Dunnes Stores
Dunnes Stores

Anne-Marie Walsh

OVER 10,000 Dunnes Stores workers are getting a 3pc pay rise.

But a union fears that the wage hike will disappear if the employees' hours are cut.

Mandate welcomed the supermarket chain's decision.

But it said it was not a coincidence that it decided to give the pay increase on the day the union referred its claim for the increase to the Labour Relations Commission.

The union wants the company to agree to banded hour contracts so staff would have some security in relation to their hours and earnings.

Staff cleaning hospital 'also served up food'

INSPECTORS found patients at potential risk of infection after discovering the same staff who cleaned a hospital were also responsible for plating up food and collecting dishes.

The inspectors, who visited Merlin Park Hospital in Galway in May, found the attendants who had cleaning duties in wards between mealtimes also served up food to patients.

The findings emerged in a series of unannounced inspections of Merlin Park Hospital, Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Woman claims she was raped on holiday isle

A TAXI driver has been arrested on the Croatian island of Hvar after being accused of raping an Irish woman.

The 21-year-old alleges she was raped after she asked him to take her to her hotel from a disco on the holiday island.

Croatian police have detained the 36-year-old driver, who denied the rape when questioned by investigators.

He will now go before an investigative judge in the city of Split who will decide if there is a case to answer.

This is the second alleged rape case in Hvar in less then a month. A British girl claimed she was raped by a waiter in a restaurant on the Pakleni otoci islets just in front of Hvar.

The island is popular with celebrity guests including Prince Harry, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Cruise.

Irish Independent

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