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Ó Broin Calls on Government to intervene in Dunnes Stores strike

31 March, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on the Government to intervene to address the issues at the heart of this week’s Dunnes Stores strike. Cllr Ó Broin said while ‘Dunnes management need to engage with the workers and their representatives the Government also needs to act to make it harder for employers to treat their staff in such an appalling way.’

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘This week thousands of Dunnes stores staff went on strike for decent hours, decent pay and trade union recognition.

‘At the heart of the dispute is Dunnes Stores abuse of 15 hour contracts. The company is deliberately abusing terms and conditions to keep their employees in a state of fear.

‘It is simply not acceptable for a local manager to have the power to cut a workers hours from 38 hours a week to 15 hours a week for no reason.

‘It is not acceptable for local managers to have the power to reduce a workers’ income from €400 per week to €150 per week for any arbitrary reason

‘It is not acceptable for a local manager to have the power to spread a workers hours over five days to prevent them accessing supplementary social welfare or Family Income Supplement.

‘How can a family plan their expenses on this basis? How can they feed their children and pay their bills?

‘Dunnes Stores business model denies workers the dignity and respect they deserve.

‘The Government, by their failure to intervene, are allowing the company to have this kind of power to control a workers.

 ‘It is time for government to intervene and enact legislation to outlaw such unacceptable employment practices and to ensure that workers get decent hours, decent pay and the right to collective bargaining.’

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