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Dunnes can avert strike action by guaranteeing security and fairness for workers – Liadh Ní Riada MEP

1 April, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has written to senior management at Dunnes Stores ahead of Thursday’s planned strike, which will affect 109 stores across the state.  Ní Riada called on management to respect the Labour Court’s Recommendation and to enter into dialogue with the workers’ representatives.

“I fully support the campaign by workers at Dunnes Stores for secure hours and earnings, secure jobs and fair pay. Management needs to engage in an open and fair way with Mandate in order to address these long-standing issues.

“Workers at Dunnes have been forced into taking this action. They don’t want to strike, but they feel they must make a stand. Low pay, precarious contracts, and uncertainty and insecurity around hours and weekly earnings means workers cannot make plans, or expect a stable income for themselves or their families.

“These issues need to be addressed and dialogue between management at Dunnes and Mandate Trade Union must be the starting point. Mandate represents two-thirds of Dunnes’ 10,000 workers, yet management have consistently refused to engage with them, despite recommendations from the Labour Court stating they have an obligation to do so.

“Workers at Dunnes are striking because they have been consistently ignored. I have written to the Board of Directors at Dunnes and called on them to treat their employees with courtesy and respect. They need to meet with Mandate and hammer out a deal that ensures workers at Dunnes have security and fairness at work.

“I am calling on the public to support the workers and to not cross the picket lines on Thursday.”

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