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Exploitation of Dunnes Stores Workers can end with legislative protection - Lynn Boylan MEP

6 June, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan has highlighted the pressing need for legislation to effectively deal with low and zero hour contracts which negatively effect thousands of Irish workers.

Ms Boylan was speaking today at a national protest where hundreds marched to Dunnes Stores Head Office in order to highlight the poor treatment of staff who are subjected to low hour contracts and are denied trade union representation.

She said:

“People deserve decency in the workplace. This means fair pay, fair contracts and fair treatment. Dunnes Stores workers are being denied this. The blame lies with their employers, Dunnes Stores, but it also lies with the government because we don’t have legislation in place that gives adequate protection to workers.  

“Collective bargaining legislation as proposed won’t solve these problems nor will the narrow remit of the Low Pay Commission. Our current legislation does very little to assist Dunnes’ Stores workers and enables their mistreatment and exploitation to continue. 

“What is needed is fair hour’s legislation that will deal more compressively with low hour contracts. Existing legislation is simply insufficient. Sinn Féin has brought forward legislation to protect workers and have proper trade union representation. However these proposals were voted down by the government. 

“I am glad to see the show of solidarity today for the Dunnes Stores workers. However we must be mindful that the buck stops with the government. We urgently need effective legislation to protect our workers from exploitative employers. The government needs to act.”


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