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Responsibility lies with Dunnes Stores management to avert strike action - Tóibín

26 March, 2015

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has today written to Dunnes Stores urging management to engage with workers and their trade union representatives and to fulfil their obligations under the existing industrial relations agreement. 

The Sinn Féin Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Spokesperson said:

“High levels of low paid insecure work dampen domestic demand; reduces tax revenue and increases social protection expenditure. Over the last four years the numbers signing on the live register in casual and part-time work have reached an unprecedented level.”

“Women with children, young people and migrant workers are particularly vulnerable when it comes to zero hour contracts that provide little in the way of secure hours and decent work.” 

“In real terms poverty wages do not benefit businesses as low pay places external and internal cost burdens on companies in the medium to long term and if the prevalence of low paid insecure work in a number of sectors continues this trend will undermine Ireland’s recovery, and social cohesion.”

“Dunnes Stores refusal to engage their employees trade union representatives and in turn the states industrial mechanisms, despite its obligation under an existing collective agreement is damaging to the workers, to the company, to the economy and the states industrial relations mechanisms.” 

“Ireland’s system of industrial relations is voluntary in nature therefore when an employer as large as Dunnes Stores refuses to engage with workplace relations structures they in effect make the case for us on mandatory trade union recognition and collective bargaining.” 

“The bottom line is the responsibility for averting strike action lies squarely at the door of Dunne Stores management and I would urge them to immediately enter into negotiations with their workers tare union representatives.” 

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