Dunnes Stores workers today lodged a pay claim with the company seeking significant pay increases, additional annual leave days, improvements to the staff discount scheme and the creation of full-time jobs, according to Mandate.ie.
Citing increased living costs and the positive contribution of staff to the business during the pandemic, the workers say they should be rewarded fairly for the work they do.
“Workers all over the country are struggling right now, yet many employers, like Dunnes Stores, are capable of paying higher wages and improving conditions of employment. Those that can pay, should pay,” said, Patrick Killeen, Dunnes worker from Mayo and member of Mandate Trade Union’s Dunnes National Committee.
Hourly Pay Increase
“What we want is a brand new pay scale for all Dunnes Stores workers which provides a decent standard of living and rewards us for our loyalty and experience,” added Killeen.
If successful, this new pay scale would provide those on the lowest point of the pay scale with a 7.7% hourly pay increase and those on the top with 7.9% increase.
“We believe this is reasonable given inflation is currently running at more than 9%,” said Killeen.
Multiple Pay Scales
Lorraine O’Brien, Mandate’s national coordinator, explained, “There are multiple pay scales in Dunnes Stores where some workers are on higher wages than others for doing the exact same job.
"We want to harmonise the pay and benefits for all Dunnes workers but we want to ensure pay equality is done in a way that brings the lowest earners up to the top.”
It was outlined on the website that a national meeting open to all Dunnes Stores workers will take place online on Tuesday 23 August at 8pm for one hour.