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Decency For Dunnes Workers 'Day Of Action': Special Report

Published on Jun 9 2015 6:54 AM

Dunnes workers descended en masse to Dunnes head office on Dublin's George's St last Saturday (6 June), as part of a 'day of action' organized by Mandate trade union's Decency For Dunnes Workers campaign.

Around 3,000 workers and supporters gathered to hear speeches from Dunnes Stores worker Muireann Dalton, Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King and Mandate general secretary John Douglas.

Commenting in advance of the march, Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary said, “Today is about decency and respect in the workplace. Every worker in Ireland, whether a retail worker, restaurant worker, cleaner, teacher or nurse – whether in the private or public sector – they should all have secure hours and earn a living wage.

“Dunnes Stores makes up to €350 million in profit annually and the owners have accumulated an estimated €1.78 billion in wealth, so this is not about the inability of Dunnes to treat their workers fairly, it’s about their unwillingness to do so."

The march was halted temporarily at the junction of Aungier Street and Whitefriar Place, however, to allow for the arrival of a wedding party to the Carmelite Priory, an occasion that drew cheers from onlookers.

Checkout was there to record the action, click above for a slideshow of images, or watch the short video of the day's proceedings.

© 2015 - Checkout Magazine by Stephen Wynne-Jones

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