Mandate Trade Union has referred a claim on behalf of Dunnes Stores workers, to the Labour Court, after the retailer failed to attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) conciliation hearing.
Mandate took the action on the back of repeated failed attempts to meet with Dunnes management to discuss worker issues.
Mandate was highly critical of Dunnes Stores in its letter of referral for a Labour Court hearing stating the union had been “continuously frustrated” in their efforts to effectively represent issues of importance to their members.
John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary, said that Dunnes management were showing "a blatant disregard for the living standards of ordinary hard working retail employees", adding that the union did not want to waste time in “an endless tennis match of correspondence between the parties”.
He added: “Our union has given Dunnes Stores a direct line of communications, yet they continue to stick their heads in the sand in the hope that this will all just go away. Let me be clear; our members are not prepared to tolerate this approach by the company.”
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