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Dunnes Stores workers receive pay boost

Employees receive a wage increase, but disputes about temporary contracts and representation remain an issue

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A 3% PAY increase for Dunnes Stores workers has been announced today.

The pay increase follows on from the ‘Decency for Dunnes Workers’ campaign, launched by Mandate Trade Union in April of this year. The campaign makes a claim on behalf of workers for improved pay and contract conditions.

Mandate have a number of unresolved issues with workers conditions in Dunnes Stores. Included in these are the introduction of banded hour contracts, a review of temporary contracts that are being over utilised and the right to representation for Mandate members in Dunnes Stores.

Assistant General Secretary of Mandate Gerry Light said: “Dating back to 1996, we have a procedural agreement that says in the case of a disagreement, Dunnes sit down and meet with us.  Unfortunately, when we seek to evoke the terms of that agreement, Dunnes aren’t interested”.

“The next stage of the campaign is to bring it to the Labour Court.  We anticipate Dunnes to not attend.”

The 3% pay increase comes on the same day that Mandate referred the claims made in the campaign to the LRC.

Dunnes Stores currently employ 10,000 workers aross its 116 stores in the Republic of Ireland. More than 4000 of these are represented by Mandate Trade Union.

Dunnes Stores were contacted by TheJournal.ie but are yet to reply.  

READ: Dunnes-v-Karen Millen goes to Europe, the result isn’t good for the Irish store

READ: Mandate writes to Dunnes Stores owners over worker issues

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