Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary TD has called on Dunnes Stores to use the State’s industrial relations machinery to resolve its ongoing row with staff over pay and contracts.  Workers at the company have threatened strike action over management’s refusal to engage with them on the issue of zero hours contracts.

Deputy Calleary commented, “I am deeply disappointing that the situation between management and staff at Dunnes Stores has reached this point.  Workers are understandably concerned about job security following the company’s refusal to respect the existing Labour Court recommendation on the issue.  The fact that they will not meet with staff at the Labour Court is also a worrying development.  This is a forum which has a strong record in successfully resolving industrial relations disputes, and should be used in this instance.

“Dunnes Stores should recognise the current working agreements which exist between management and workers to resolve the ongoing issues through the Labour Court mechanisms open to them.  A strike at the company will do nothing to advance the dispute resolution process as ultimately both sides will lose out, however Dunnes needs to recognise and respect the rights of workers to be entitled to some form of job security and employment standards.

“This situation has been escalating over the past number of months, without any Government intervention.  Minister Richard Bruton needs to be more proactive in this area as it is in everyone’s interest to resolve this dispute without the need for industrial action, which will not only result in a loss of earnings for staff, but will also impact on business for Dunnes itself and the wider retail sector”.