15 April 2015
10,000-strong petition delivered to Dunnes Stores HQ today
A PETITION with over 10,000 signatures from members of the public over the past five days was handed into Dunnes Stores HQ on Georges Street in Dublin City Centre at lunchtime on Wednesday in solidarity with staff who claim they have been victimised and even sacked after taking part in a one-day strike on 2 April over working conditions.
The petition, organised by independent campaigning organisaton Uplift, calls on Margaret Heffernan, CEO of Dunnes Stores, to guarantee that Dunnes workers are not intimidated or victimised for trying to secure better working conditions.
Siobhán O’Donoghue, spokesperson for Uplift, said:
“Dunnes Stores cannot afford to ignore public pressure. They know only too well the damage that could be inflicted to the company's ‘bottom line’ if the public turn against them. Ten thousand people represents a lot of customers.”
● Sinn Féin solidarity with striking workers
Trade union Mandate said they have received reports from members all over the country who have experienced:
● Cuts to hours
● Changes in roles
● Changes in shift patterns
Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary, said:
“As a very last resort, and with no other option available to them, our members in Dunnes Stores took legitimate and reasonable industrial action.
“All they want is for their company to meaningfully engage with them through their union with the objective of creating decent working conditions.
“Now their employer is blatantly targeting people with the hope of intimidating their own loyal staff and turning them away from any future trade union activities.”