Mandate lodge claim for 3 percent pay increase for Dunnes workers

Mandate Trade Union has lodged a claim for a 3 percent pay increase for almost 10,000 Dunnes Stores workers across the Republic of Ireland.

The claim complements the trade union’s Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign for fair pay, secure hours, job security and the right to representation.

Mandate Assistant General Secretary Gerry Light said: “Our members in Dunnes Stores are low paid and have very insecure hours and earnings. Yet the company is highly profitable with estimated profits of €350 million per year. Furthermore, the owners’ wealth is now estimated at €1.78 billion, largely through the hard work of their loyal workers.

“It is our firm belief that such a successful enterprise should share some of that success with their workers and offer them decent terms and conditions of employment, and that’s why we’ve lodged this claim for a 3 percent pay increase,” he said.

The Dunnes Stores National Shop Stewards’ Meeting, which took place last Sunday with more than 100 shop stewards and activists in attendance, unanimously endorsed the pay claim.