Workers at Irish department store chain will hold a one-day strike on April 2 in a dispute over pay and contracts.
The strike will go ahead in 107 stores across the Republic of Ireland unless senior management in the company agree to a meeting with employees through the trade union Mandate.
Last week, Mandate, which represents the majority of the 10,000 workers in Dunnes Stores in the Republic of Ireland, said more than two-thirds (67%) of their members had voted in favour of industrial action.
Bernie Wesley, a shop assistant from Dundalk, said: “There is one group of people who can ensure this strike doesn’t go ahead and that’s Dunnes Stores. All they have to do is agree to meet with us through our union and negotiate in relation to all of the issues in dispute. We’re urging them strongly to do the right thing and prevent this strike.”
Workers are calling for fair pay for workers, a review of the retailer’s use of temporary contracts and the implementation of contracts that guarantee a minimum number of hours to provide greater security. They also want the right to individual and collective representation in line with an agreement Dunnes Stores signed with Mandate in 1996.