Workers at Dunnes Stores are set to ballot for industrial action. Mandate Trade Union stewards in Dunnes voted overwhelmingly in favour of starting the process for balloting for industrial action at the Shop Stewards Meeting this week.
10, 000 workers across 112 stores in the Republic of Ireland are employed by the company, with 4000 workers represented by Mandate Trade Union.
The balloting was called for following the failure of Dunnes Stores to implement the terms of a Labour Court recommendation issued in November. The recommendation was issued in reaction to ongoing disputes with the company over staff hours and contracts.
Mandate Trade Union had asked to discuss the implementation of banded hour contracts to give workers security of hours and earnings; individual and collective representational rights for Dunnes workers; a review of Dunnes' use of temporary contracts of employment; and fair pay for all workers.
A shop steward for Dunnes Stores workers commented, "We're extremely disappointed and frustrated that our company has continued to ignore our very reasonable requests. Equally, we're determined to make real and lasting change in the company and feel we've been left with no other option but to ballot for industrial action."
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