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Mandate: 'We Will Change The World Around Dunnes Stores'

Mandate trade union has said that it is "not backing down" in its efforts to secure greater security of hours for workers at Dunnes Stores, in a newsletter to its members.

In the newsletter, Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light says that following the Decency for Dunnes Workers 'day of action' in early June, the "strong message to politicians is that we can't wait any longer for legislation on collective bargaining."

Quoting a Mandate representative, Light added, "If Dunnes Stores won't change, then we'll change the world around Dunnes Stores."

Mandate added that it would be convening a meeting of its Dunnes National Dispute Committee "in the coming weeks" to consider the latest legislative developments, including the government's pledge to introduce collective bargaining legislation, and the next steps for the campaign.

Last week, Mandate general secretary and ICTU president John Douglas told ICTU's Biennial Conference in Ennis that the Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign has "changed the public narrative" on workers' rights.

"The public’s experience of previous corrupt regimes has been exposed, and the public has outed the cheerleaders of big capital," he said.

"They understand that a strong social movement such as the trade union movement is essential for a fairer society, for without one the financial wolves would have another field day."

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