100 Dunnes jobs at risk as Gorey store set to close

There are fears for the future of up to 100 workers at Dunnes Stores in Gorey after workers were told the store was to close “immediately”.

Mandate trade union said workers were called to a meeting just after 6pmyesterday and told of “immediate closure”. It said no explanation was given.

Mandate general secretary John Douglas said: “There are 100 workers in Wexford tonight who have no idea whether they have a job or not tomorrow.

“At this moment in time, the workers have not been told whether their jobs are at risk. We simply don’t know whether the store will open again in the future or whether there may be store transfers available. Many of the workers don’t even know whether they have to turn up to work tomorrow. This is completely unacceptable.”

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He said the union was calling on the company for a meeting with the workers’ representatives and ensure that jobs were protected.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Pip Breen said a sign was put up at the store last night informing customers that it would be closing “until further notice”.

“This is a very serious blow to Gorey,” said Mr Breen. “There are about 20 satellite stores in this complex. Those shops will be put under severe pressure without the throughput Dunnes brings.”

When contacted, a spokeswoman at the store said she had no comment.

The closure comes just over two weeks before a national protest march to Dunnes Stores head office in Dublin organised by Mandate. The march is to take place on June 6.

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