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SDCC unanimously support Sinn Féin motion on Dunnes Strike- Cllr Ó Broin

13 April, 2015

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has this evening welcomed the unanimous cross party support for a motion supporting the Decency for Dunnes Workers Campaign. The motion was discussed and passed at the monthly Council meeting on April 13th.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘I am delighted that all Councillors supported my motion supporting the Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign at today’s Council meeting.

‘The motion supported the worker’s demands for secure hours and incomes, secure jobs, fair pay and their right to trade union representation.

‘It also called on Dunnes Stores management to engage with the workers and their union representatives to resolve these issues as a matter of urgency.

‘During the debate on the motion I highlight the bullying used by some Dunnes managers against staff in advance of the strike on Holy Thursday. Staff were put under enormous pressure not to take part in the action with threats of loss of hours, anti-social hours or loss of contract.

‘Unfortunately in a number of stores these threats were acted upon after the strike and staff have indeed lost hours and had contracts withdrawn.

‘Dunnes management are responsible both for the poor treatment of their staff and their underhanded response to the industrial action. However they can only get away with such appalling behaviour because of the weak legal protections for workers.

‘We urgently need collective bargaining legislation and the full transposition of the Part Time Workers Directive.

‘I welcome the announcement by the Government that collective bargaining legislation will be introduced and passed before the summer. It is imperative that this legislation provides strong protection for workers and compels rogue employers such as Dunnes to the negotiating table.

‘We also need to see the EU Part Time Workers Directive implemented to ensure that when extra hours become available in a place of work existing staff are given the option of taking on the hours.

‘At the heart of this dispute is the reasonable demand of hard working Dunnes staff for security of hours and income and the right to be represented by a trade union.

‘The unanimous vote by South Dublin County Council today sends a clear signal to Dunnes management and the Government that the status quo is not acceptable.

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