IMPACT is asking union members and their families to attend a march and rally in support of the workers employed in Dunnes Stores who suffer as a result of the use of low hour contracts and zero hour contracts.
The rally takes place this Saturday (6th June) in Dublin, starting at 1pm from Merrion Square.
Deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan is urging branches to attend Saturday's rally. He explained "Many IMPACT branches were involved in offering practical support to the Dunnes workers during their one day strike in April. Those efforts were really
“Regrettably, on return to work many of the strike leaders at shop level were victimised through an insidious campaign of dismissals, rostering changes and reassignment to other duties. This is designed to break the workers resolve and to avoid collective bargaining with their unions. More than ever they need our support.
“The heart of this issue is decent work- secure employment and some certainty on working arrangements, and the right to be represented in discussions on pay and conditions of employment. It is something that should be important to public sector workers too. Poor private sector pay and conditions affect our family members and, in time, will affect our children. But also if these practices gain hold they will be foisted on the public sector too.
“The union is seeking a large IMPACT presence on 6 June 2015. The demonstration commences at lpm so it will conclude by early afternoon. We are appealing to branches to take steps to ensure that there is a large visible attendance of IMPACT members by circulating the information, seeking commitments to attend, and arranging transport including buses and bringing branch banners if possible. This is an opportunity for IMPACT to show that public sector and private sector workers will stand together for decent work.