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Union refer Dunnes to Labour Court

Monday, August 25 11:12:54

Mandate Trade Union has referred a claim on behalf of members in Dunnes Stores to the Labour Court.

It said it made the referral after the company refused to attend a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) conciliation hearing.

Dunnes Stores employs approximately 10,000 workers in 112 stores across the Republic of Ireland.

Mandate said it has written to the company on several occasions with detailed information on their members' issues of concern and also seeking a meeting with management but so far the company has declined any meetings.

Among the main demands by the union's members is for banded hour contracts which would provide secure hours and earnings for Dunnes workers.

Mandate was highly critical of Dunnes Stores in their letter of referral for a Labour Court hearing stating the union had been "continuously frustrated" in their efforts to effectively represent issues of importance to their members.

John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary, said they did not want to waste time in "an endless tennis match of correspondence between the parties". He said the issues facing retail employees of Dunnes Stores are "far too serious for this approach".

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