Dunnes ‘targeting striking workers for dismissal’

The trade union representing some workers in Dunnes Stores has claimed the company has targeted staff who took part in last week’s strikes for dismissal and reduced hours.

Dunnes ‘targeting striking workers for dismissal’

Mandate assistant general secretary Gerry Light says the trade union has heard reports from Dunnes staff members who have experienced dismissals, cuts to hours, changes in roles and changes in shift patterns after they took part in the strike last Thursday.

“As a very last resort, and with no other option available to them, our members in Dunnes Stores took legitimate and reasonable industrial action,” Mr Light said.

“All they want is for their company to meaningfully engage with them through their union, with the objective of creating decent working conditions.

“Now, their employer is blatantly targeting people with the hope of intimidating their own loyal staff and turning them away from any future trade union activities.

“This behaviour by management in Dunnes Stores is deplorable and despicable and must be condemned by everybody,” he said.

Mandate said in one case a Dunnes staff member was let go a day after the strike, and the local manager informed the worker “the business isn’t there”. The union claimed in this case workers with less service and who had not been on strike kept their jobs. Last Thursday’s strike was the latest in an ongoing dispute between staff and Dunnes Stores over job security and the workers’ right to union representation.

Mandate has claimed that Dunnes Stores has refused to engage with the trade union on any of the issues in dispute, despite having a signed collective agreement with the union and that the company is also refusing to engage with the State’s industrial relations bodies, the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Dunnes Stores declined to comment on Mandate’s claims when contacted yesterday.

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