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Adams backs Decency for Dunnes Workers strike

2 April, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, and Lynn Boylan MEP this morning joined Dunnes Stores workers on the picket line at the St. Stephen’s Green store.

Speaking to workers he expressed Sinn Féin’s “solidarity and absolute and unambiguous support for the thousands of Dunnes Stores workers who are taking industrial action today as part of their campaign for decent working conditions, wages and standard of living for them and their families.”

Gerry Adams said:

“In my letter to the Directors of Dunnes Stores I made very clear Sinn Fein’s support for the Decency for Dunnes Workers Campaign. I also expressed our total support for their right to secure hours and incomes; secure jobs; fair pay; and the right to trade union representation.

“The Decency for Dunnes Workers is calling for the introduction of banded hour contracts to give workers security of hours and earning; fair and consistent work; and a review of Dunnes excessive use of temporary contracts of employment.

“The workers and Mandate Trade Union have tried to resolve this dispute directly with Dunnes Management. They have also sought to use the State’s mechanisms for resolving industrial disputes such as the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

“Dunnes has rejected all attempts at mediation and negotiation and have broken an existing 1996 agreement procedure for resolving industrial disputes.

“The Dunnes Workers are taking a stand in defence of their own rights but also in support of low-paid workers, part time and casual workers across this state who are victim of exploitation. Sinn Féin supports the Dunnes Workers.”

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