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Mandate: Working Conditions 'Improving' For Dunnes Staff

Mandate Trade Union has said that conditions for Dunnes Stores workers have 'improved' in recent months, adding, however, that the company still 'hasn’t guaranteed staff the hours they work on a regular basis'.

The statement comes after Mandate Trade Union carried out an online survey of 1,300 Dunnes Stores Workers in 103 stores around the country.

The key finding from the survey was that 74% indicated that they are on flexible contracts that only guarantee 15 hours per week, with the average hours worked by these contract holders standing at 26 hours per week.

Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary said; "We believe that our ongoing Decency for Dunnes Workers Campaign is having a positive impact. Members have indicated that the company has not taken on as many additional staff [...] resulting in additional hours for existing staff in many cases.

"Someone appears to be listening in Dunnes Head Office, but the situation is still far from the certainty of hours and earnings that Dunnes staff deserve. [...] What the Dunnes workers are seeking is very reasonable. They want income security and peace of mind that they can earn a decent wage from week to week to provide for themselves and their families."

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