Protect Dunnes workers - Lawlor

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

CLLR George Lawlor's call to support Dunnes Stores employees received unanimous approval at the meeting.

Cllr Lawlor called for support for the staff who are seeking the implementation of banded hour contracts which would provide them with security of hours and earnings.

He called for a review of excessive use of temporary contracts of employment, and individual and collective representational rights for Dunnes workers, following their recent strike action which received widespread publicity.

In welcoming the government's commitment to legislate so that workers can have confidence and security in their roles, Cllr Lawlor said the law will enshrine the rights of employees to advance claims about remuneration, terms and conditions and have these based on comparisons with other companies, while not being victimised for doing so.

'We know the disdain Dunnes Stores holds against people and how they treated the people of Wexford and Enniscorthy and other areas in the way they left their buildings.'

He said Dunnes Stores refused to attend the Labour Court in October.

'The court itself found it regrettable that Dunnes declined to participate in the investigation of the dispute or put forward its position on the union's clamis. It's disappointing that Dunnes decided against attending the Labour Court hearing as it offers the most appropriate and effective avenue for resolving such issues.'

He said the new bargaining legislation is being drafted by Minister Gerald Nash, adding that it will be published very soon.

Cllr Davy Hynes seconded the motion, which he was allowed to amend to include that the council was against the intimidation of people who are part of this dispute.

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