March planned to support Dunnes workers

A march is planned for this Saturday, 6 June in solidarity with Dunnes Stores workers in the ongoing controversy between employees and management.

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4 June 2015 | 0

The popular Facebook group Decency for Dunnes Workers claims that since the one-day strike on Holy Thursday, Dunnes management have been engaging in “a campaign of intimidation. with cuts to hours, changes to positions and shifts, and even some dismissals.

“We need to send a strong message to Dunnes Stores that this type of behaviour is unacceptable,” the group says.

In response, Decency for Dunnes Workers is asking supporters to convene at Merrion Square at 1pm this Saturday before marching to Dunnes’ HQ on South Great George’s Street.

Dunnes has long been locked in intense disputes with the Mandate trade union over working hours, which flared up again recently with high-profile strike action that saw work stoppages across 107 Dunnes Stores branches across the country on Holy Thursday, 2 April.

At the time, Mandate trade union assistant general secretary Gerry Light said: “This is about doing something because it’s the right thing to do and there’s a moral responsibility on an employer and particularly an employer such as Dunnes Stores, who has established itself over many years now, and is hugely profitable.”

However the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending 26 April, show that despite Holy Thursday’s industrial action, Dunnes Stores’ market share has actually increased. The analyst stated: “Among the big three retailers Dunnes has posted the strongest sales growth of 3.6%, lifting its market share from 21.5% to 22%. This increase comes despite the recent industrial action taken by staff in the build up to Easter. One of the key positives for Dunnes has been its strength in Dublin, an area where grocery sales are growing and where Dunnes accounts for over a quarter of shopper spend.”

 

 

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