Union to ballot for industrial action at department store chain

Mandate trade union today announced that they are balloting for industrial action in Shaws department stores.

The retail outlet has 16 stores throughout the country employing more than 1,000 staff.

Mandate claim that the retailer is still profitable and that the company is using the recession as a means to reduce the living standards of their workers in the pursuit of unattainable levels of profit.

Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light said: "Shaws have refused to pay the national wage agreement despite still being a profitable company.

"The company are also planning significant reductions in hours for staff members, essentially meaning a wage cut for their workers."


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