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Dunnes Stores accused of anti-union tactics

26 January, 2006

Sinn Féin TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, today raised in the Dáil the sacking of a trade unionist, Joanne Delaney, from her job at Dunnes Stores in Crumlin for wearing a union badge on her uniform and he called for her immediate reinstatement.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who is TD for the area, said, "The sacking of Joanne Delaney, a shop steward with the union Mandate, from her position at Dunnes Stores in the Ashleaf centre in Crumlin for wearing a union badge on her store uniform is totally unjustified and smacks of anti-union bullying.

"The company's refusal to attend a meeting about the disciplinary action with Joanne Delaney because she was accompanied by her trade union official is clearly designed to undermine the legitimate role and function of the trade union movement within the store.

"I am calling on the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment to intervene directly with Dunnes to ensure the immediate reinstatement of this worker and to make it clear to the company that such anti-trade union behavior will not be tolerated." ENDS

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