Workers left reeling following immediate closure of Dunnes Stores, Gorey

Dunnes remains Ireland's no.1 supermarket, according to Kantar Worldpanel's latest report
Dunnes remains Ireland's no.1 supermarket, according to Kantar Worldpanel's latest report

Mandate trade union condemns treatment of 100 staff as 'insensitive' and 'disgraceful'

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22 May 2015 | 0

Dunnes Stores’ management yesterday (Thursday, 21 May) announced the “immediate closure” of the Gorey Store in Co. Wexford, which employs approximately 100 workers.

Mandate trade union has issued a press release stating workers in the store were called to a meeting just after 6pm yesterday and told of the closure. However no explanation or further details were given.

The union has condemned management’s actions, describing it as “a shocking way to treat their workers”.

John Douglas, Mandate general secretary, said last night: “There are 100 workers in Wexford tonight who have no idea whether they have a job or not tomorrow…For Dunnes Stores managers to make this announcement in this way is insensitive and a disgraceful way to treat their staff.

“At this moment in time the workers have not been told whether their jobs are at risk. We simply don’t know whether the store will open again in the future or whether there may be store transfers available. Many of the workers don’t even know whether they have to turn up to work tomorrow. This is completely unacceptable,” Douglas added.

The Irish Times reports Betty Dillon, Mandate’s divisional organiser for the southeast, said staff were “distraught” after the meeting.

“There is absolutely huge upset. There are members of staff going around crying, terribly distraught, terribly upset,” said Dillon.

“[They were told] it would close until further notice. I believe at this point in the evening notices have gone up on the doors to say this store is now closed.”

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