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National - Event Notice
Saturday June 06 2015
Dunnes workers call for national protest march on June 6th
Support Dunnes Workers: March to Dunnes Head Office
Dunnes Stores workers need your support. They are seeking:
* SECURE HOURS AND EARNINGS
* JOB SECURITY
* FAIR PAY
* THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY THEIR TRADE UNION
Dunnes' owners refuse to listen to their workers and have broken an existing agreement they freely signed up to with the workers' union. They have also ignored the Labour Court who told them to immediately engage. With no other option, the workers were forced to go on a one day strike on April 2nd.
Since then Dunnes management have been engaging in a campaign of intimidation. with cuts to hours, changes to positions and shifts, and even some dismissals.
Will you stand with the Dunnes Stores workers on Saturday, June 6th and support their demands for fairness and decency at work? We need to send a strong message to Dunnes Stores that this type of behaviour is unacceptable. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Support Dunnes Workers: March to Dunnes Head Office
Saturday, June 6 at 1:00pm in UTC+01
Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland
Dunnes Stores shop stewards from 100 stores across the Republic of Ireland met yesterday (Sunday, 26th April) to decide the next actions in the Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign. The shop stewards voted unanimously for a national protest march to Dunnes Stores Head Office in Dublin which will take place on Saturday, June 6th.
The protest will be preceded by a series of local protests and actions, further details of which will be announced shortly.
The meeting also endorsed a claim for a 3 percent pay increase lodged by their union Mandate.
Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said: “This protest will be an opportunity for the public to show solidarity with the workers who are seeking secure incomes and decent conditions of employment. We expect Dunnes workers who are not rostered to work on the day to attend, and they’ll be calling on their friends and family as well as other trade unionists, politicians, community groups and members of the public to attend and show their support.”
He added: “The workers are also demanding that there are no delays in the implementation of robust collective bargaining legislation with strong anti-victimisation provisions. We believe irresponsible employers like Dunnes should be held accountable for their actions and workers in precarious employments need some avenue to have their voices heard without being forced to take industrial action.”
The shop stewards at the meeting made it clear they are reserving their right to take industrial action in the future. Furthermore, they are committed to potentially escalating the industrial action beyond a one day strike.
“Once again our members in Dunnes are acting in a very responsible manner. They are calling for this day of action because they, unlike their employer, are concerned about potential long term irreparable damage to the business. The support from the public has been tremendous and this march will give them the opportunity to show Dunnes workers that they are not on their own in this struggle.
“This course of action also ensures that low paid workers do not have to unnecessarily endure the burden of losing hard-won earnings to achieve their campaign objectives. It will also deny Dunnes management the chance to further engage in the campaign of retaliation which was carried out following the one day strike.”
Mr Light added: “We know that the Dunnes family have very deep pockets, with the Sunday Times listing them yesterday as having more than €1.7bn in combined wealth. That enormous wealth has only been derived due to the hard work of their loyal members of staff. It’s about time the company acknowledged that hard work by meaningfully engaging with their workers through their trade union.
“It is apparent that instead of fairly distributing some of this massive accumulated wealth with their workers the Dunnes owners are intent in using it in a battle of financial means with our members, many of whom are only guaranteed 15 hours work per week,” he said.
Earlier this month up to 6,000 Dunnes workers took industrial action in order to achieve basic entitlements including:
- Secure hours and earnings;
- Job security;
- Fair pay; and
- The right to trade union representation.
Further details on the national day of protest will be announced shortly