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Pay rise welcome but Dunnes Stores need to introduce banded hour contracts – Cullinane

12 May, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking in response to the news that Dunnes Stores have agreed to give its staff a three percent pay increase, Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights Senator David Cullinane said that while he welcomed the announcement, the company needed to do more.

Senator Cullinane said:

“I welcome that Dunnes Stores have agreed to a three percent pay rise for workers, but if vulnerable low paid workers do not have security around the number of hours they work then a pay rise while important can actually have a negative outcome. 

“If an employer reduces your hours then the pay increase becomes virtually meaningless.  A pay increase is welcome, but it must be underpinned by banded hour contracts.

“These contracts are the only way to guarantee security of earnings for vulnerable workers like those in Dunnes stores. A cornerstone of decent work is job security and this means that workers are guaranteed decent and secure earning from week to week.”  

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