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Government have failed to protect Dunnes Workers - Cullinane

8 April, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Workers Rights Spokesperson Senator David Cullinane has condemned the news that Dunnes Stores workers who participated in strike action last week are being dismissed from their positions.

Reports of discriminatory action against Dunnes Stores striking workers were verified today by Mandate Trade Union, who outlined that many of these workers have been dismissed from their positions, with others receiving cuts and changes to hours as well as their roles.

Senator Cullinane said;

“Though management and owners of Dunnes Stores are responsible for this deplorable treatment of staff, the government have also had a part to play.

“The absence of collective bargaining and strong anti-victimisation in the workplace legislation has allowed unscrupulous employers such as Dunnes Stores to treat workers in this fashion.

“This sort of bullying and harassment from an employer has no place in 21st century Ireland.

“These are low paid workers who were shabbily treated by their employer. Having stood up for their rights, they are as a consequence being targeted and victimised by their employers.

“On several occasions Sinn Féin has brought forward legislation, including in this Dáil term, to protect workers and to have proper trade union representation. However such legislation was voted down by this government and previous governments.

“While the primary responsibility lies with the management and ownership of Dunnes Stores, the government must also bear responsibility for their failure to protect workers.”

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