A strike has been called by Mandate members at Dunnes Stores for Thursday 2 April. This is a strike nobody wants but workers have been left with no option as the management at Dunnes refuse to enter talks with the workforce and their union on the issue of decent contracts and living standards for up to 10,000 workers in Southern Ireland.
ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS
Over 80% of Dunnes workers are on temporary contracts. The policy of zero hour contracts is used widely at Dunnes. This type of contract gives no guarantee of working hours week to week and therefore take home pay changes each week. The workers have no financial security and cannot plan any long term aspect of their lives living under these conditions. The majority of Dunnes workers are women and these contracts are a form of control, making these women compliant to the wishes of management regardless of their own needs or those of their families. Dunnes Stores is huge company making over €400m in profit in Ireland every year while many of their workers are on Family Income Support because they cannot exist on the level of take home pay they receive. A contract guaranteeing a set level of hours is not an unreasonable demand.
Dunnes Stores workers are looking for:
- The implementation of banded-hour contracts.
- Fair pay for workers.
- A review of the use of temporary contracts of employment.
- The right of representation for Dunnes Stores workers.
The outcome of this strike will impact on all of us going forward, if job creation is about creating jobs with no security or guaranteed income then all future working conditions will be undermined. Ireland already has the second highest rate of zero hour contracts in the EU. This practice needs to end, all workers should be treated fairly and with decency. Please show your support and solidarity with the Decency for Dunnes Workers Campaign.
Let the workers in Dunnes Stores know that you support them.
Do not shop in Dunnes Stores on the day of the proposed strike and urge your family and friends to do likewise.
Write to the Head Office of Dunnes and voice your support for the workers. The HQ address is at 46 – 50 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Sign the petition: http://dunnesworkers.com/petition/