Trade union Mandate has addressed an open letter to Dunnes Stores owner Margaret Heffernan over the upcoming strike planned for the 2nd of April.
In the letter, general secretary of the union John Douglas criticises Dunnes Stores for refusing to meet with workers over contract and rostering concerns, adding that, “The reality is that Dunnes Stores workers only want to be heard, and in doing so have an effective process for dealing with their issues which avoids them having to take to the streets.”
He went on to clarify that Mandate in no way wishes to damage the company, and recognises the business requirements of retailers in a difficult Irish market, but Dunnes Stores should be able to work with them to find practical solutions for workers.
“It is regrettable that you or your representatives are unwilling to engage directly with Mandate Trade Union or with the institutions of the State, the Labour Relations Commission or the Labour Court, to avoid disputes such as the one planned for 2nd April,” he wrote.
The letter concluded by stating Mandate’s position that “there is a better way of conducting our relationship which respects the views and ethos of each other” and urging Dunnes Stores to engage with the union.
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