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Dunnes Stores a no-show at Labour Court dispute

Workers for the major retailer are seeking more secure hours and earnings.

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DUNNES STORES FAILED today to attend a hearing at the Labour Court.

The hearing was set to take place with Mandate Trade Union in a dispute over work and pay conditions for workers.

The parties were due to attend at 11.30am this morning.

Speaking today, Dunnes worker Muireann Dalton, said, “our main issue is more secure hours and earnings. Thousands of us in Dunnes don’t know how many hours we’re going to work from week to week.”

Dunnes Stores are not legally obliged to appear before the Labour Court.

The delegation of Dunnes Stores workers were appearing at the Labour Court to contend four main points that are the focus of their ’Decency for Dunnes Workers’ campaign. These points are:

  • Decent hours and earnings
  • Job security
  • Fair pay
  • The right to trade union representation

Despite the non-attendance by the retailer, the workers still put their case to the Court.

On the no-show from the major retailer, Assistant General Secretary of Mandate Trade Union Gerry Light, said:

They refuse to meet with their workers’ representatives, Mandate Trade Union, and refuse to engage with the state’s industrial relations bodies, including the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) and the Labour Court. This is completely unacceptable in 2014.

Dunnes employ 14,000 workers in 112 stores across Ireland.

In July, Dunnes workers received a 3% pay increase from their employers, in a concession to the campaign that has been running since April. 

Dunnes Stores has been contacted for comment but is yet to respond at time of publication. 

Read: Dunnes Stores workers’ case set for the Labour Court

Also: Dunnes Stores workers receive pay boost

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