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Sacked trade unionist Joanne Delaney reinstated at Dunnes Stores

24 February, 2006

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, welcomed the news that trade unionist Joanne Delaney is to be reinstated to her job at Dunnes Stores. Joanne Delaney, a shop steward with the union Mandate, had been sacked from her position at Dunnes Stores in the Ashleaf centre in Crumlin for wearing a union badge on her store uniform

Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who is a TD for the Crumlin area, said:

"Joanne's reinstatement is to be welcomed and is long overdue. She should not have been sacked in the first place. It is a tribute to Joanne and to all those who supported her campaign that Dunnes Stores has backed down.

"The management of Dunnes Stores clearly underestimated the strength of public opinion on this issue. Public disquiet with the anti-union stance of Dunnes and people's support for Joanne Delaney played a pivotal role in bringing this dispute to a successful conclusion. I hope other unscrupulous employers will recognise that the undermining of workers' rights will not go unchallenged." ENDS

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