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Cir. 9/2015

(01 Apr 2015)

To Branch Secretaries

On Thursday, 2nd April, one of the largest private sector strikes in two decades will take place across the Republic of Ireland as Dunnes Stores workers strike for decent work and a living wage. Dunnes Stores operates 116 outlets with approximately 10,000 workers in the Republic of Ireland.

As with all industrial disputes, Dunnes workers don’t want to go on strike, but they’ve been left with no other option after their employer refused to engage with their union and also refused invitations from the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) and the Labour Court.

At the heart of the dispute is decency and fairness, something senior management in Dunnes find incomprehensible. The Decency for Dunnes Workers campaign was founded on four key objectives:

Secure hours and earnings.
Job security.
Fair and consistent pay for all Dunnes workers.
The right to be represented by their trade union.

On Thursday, 2nd April, show your support for the Dunnes Stores workers as they strike a blow for decent work, a living wage and a fairer society.

Please go to and sign the petition in support of the workers and ‘Like’ the Decency for Dunnes Workers Facebook and Twitter pages to stay up to date with the campaign.

The General Secretary of ICTU Patricia King, has also asked that AHCPS communicates that support throughout its branch network, and to encourage branches to show their solidarity with striking Dunnes workers in practical ways.

There are a number of ways in which you and your branch can show that solidarity:

What you can do to help

• Ensure all branch members, their families and friends are aware of the strike and the issues involved

• Details and news about the dispute can be found at, share this link widely

• Do not shop in Dunnes Stores on Thursday 2nd April and encourage others to do the same

• Visit the picket lines and express your solidarity and support for the strike

• The strike is likely to be a topic of discussion on current affairs radio programmes. Please phone/text your messages of support and solidarity into any radio show discussing the Dunnes strike

• Join the online petition -

• Like the campaign on Facebook ( and 
   follow on Twitter (

This is a very important industrial dispute, and it is one that Dunnes Workers must win. Other employers are watching with interest in the outcome, while the employer has made efforts to divide the workforce and drive the unions out of Dunnes Stores.

By lending your support to the Dunnes Workers strike on Thursday, you will be lending your support to a campaign that has implications for every single worker in this country. It is also a vital opportunity for workers in the public and private sector to stand shoulder to shoulder, and to express unity against the intimidation and mistreatment of Dunnes workers.

Ciaran Rohan

General Secretary 

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