About 2,500 Dunnes store workers have signed a petition asking the company to make temporary Covid-19 allowances and employee discounts permanent.
The petition was delivered to Dunnes Stores’ main office in Dublin on Monday afternoon.
This comes on the heels of a successful campaign by workers last year for temporary measures to be recognized for their work and the risks to their health and safety at work during the global pandemic. Now workers want the procedures to become permanent.
The petition read: « We, the undersigned Dunnes Stores employees, urge you to make the 10 percent pay increase and the 20 percent discount card increase permanent. We have worked hard to keep Dunnes Stores running and serve our communities through Covid-19. We feel that this something we gained. »
An employee at a company store in Dundalk said: “We haven’t had a pay raise since 2019, but we have a 10 per cent temporary allowance added to our paychecks last year. It doesn’t count toward our pensions, or if we go on vacations we lose. » .
« We believe, after the last 18 months of hard work during a deadly pandemic, that the least Dennis could do is acknowledge our efforts by making these changes permanent, » she added.
An employee at the company’s Ongar store in Dublin 15 said grocery sales had been « exceptionally busy » throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
“We were dealing with more customers and processing more goods. We know Dennis can handle this and we feel we deserve it after all we’ve been through.”
Dunnes Stores has been contacted for comment.
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