Dunnes Store staff have made a wage claim with the retailer as they are demanding a 7.7 per cent wage increase for all workers.
The employees are demanding additional vacation days, improvements in the staff discount system and the creation of full-time positions in the company. Workers are also demanding fully paid maternity and paternity leave.
The rising cost of living as well as the contribution of frontline workers during the pandemic were cited as reasons for the salary demand.
“We believe this is appropriate given that inflation is currently over 9 percent,” said Patrick Killeen, a Dunnes staffer who is also a member of the Dunnes National Committee of the Mandate Trade Union.
“Workers across the country are struggling at the moment, but many employers, like Dunnes Stores, are able to pay higher wages and improve working conditions. If you can pay, you should pay,” he said.
Another factor behind the push for a new wage scale is that some shop workers are getting higher wages for doing the same job.
“We want to harmonize wages and benefits for all Dunnes workers, but we want to make sure pay equity is done in a way that puts the low paid first,” said National Mandate Coordinator Lorraine O’Brien.
Allocation of hours and understaffing are also issues addressed by Mandate, with 87 percent of employees saying there aren’t enough workers at their stores. Another 92 percent of employees said when hours become free, they should be offered to existing employees first.
Tesco Ireland announced it would introduce a 10% pay rise for staff in May, while in the UK grocers Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda have all introduced pay rises for their staff earlier this year.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/dunnes-stores-workers-seek-77pc-pay-rise-41854482.html Dunnes Stores workers are seeking a 7.7 percent pay rise