Taoiseach supports Dunnes Stores employees’ ‘right to clarity in their working hours’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he supports workers' right to know working hours

Taoiseach says his message to Dunnes management and staff is that tomorrow's strike doesn't need to go ahead



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1 April 2015

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in the Dáil today that he supports the staff of Dunnes Stores’ “right to clarity in their working hours”.

Questioned by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, a former Enterprise and Employment Minister, the Taoiseach said: “The message is that this can be sorted out” and that he would say to both Dunnes Stores’ management and workers that tomorrow’s strike doesn’t need to go ahead.

Michael Martin said Dunnes Stores workers were not receiving fair play from management in relation to their working hours.

He said other stores – including Marks & Spencers, Tesco and Penneys – had signed up to arrangements which allowed workers to know what their working hours would be.

Martin also claimed that Dunnes staff were afraid of management reprisals and argued that industrial relations in Ireland were regressing to the 19th Century.

“There’s an absence of dignity and decency in how Dunnes Stores are treating their workers,” he said.

The Taoiseach said the issue of working hour contracts would be addressed by the Low Pay Commission, which is due to report on its findings in July. He said that the government would act upon its recommendations.



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