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5% hike over 2 years agreed MANDATe members working for hardware and building supplier J McKenna Ltd, in Listowel, Co Kerry, have accepted a deal that will see their salaries increase by 5% over two years. The salary hike comes in three phases: an immediate 1% rise on acceptance of the deal (April 14, 2016); a 2% increase on the first anniversary of acceptance, and a further 2% rise on the second anniversary of acceptance.



1. An organising and campaigning union:

Mandate is focused on building an activist base to protect and improve employment conditions. Through better organised workplaces and the power of the collective strength, we will deliver justice for working people.

2. Modern and effective training:

Mandate provides free courses to help you learn new skills, improve existing skills and develop you and your prospective career. We negotiate agreements with employers to pay for attendance at courses and also to provide reasonable time off for employees to attend them.

3. Campaigning for success:

Mandate is a progressive campaigning union fighting on issues that really matter to our members, their families and society in general. Mandate campaigns challenge social injustice at all levels of Irish society.

4. Protection at work:

Highly trained and skilled Mandate officials provide professional advice and assistance, where appropriate, on a variety of employment issues.

5. Safety at work:

Mandate health & safety representatives are trained to minimise the risk of workplace injuries and ensure that employers meet their legal obligations at all times.

Welcoming the deal, Mandate Industrial Officer Caroline Clifford told Shopfloor: “This is the first pay increase our members have had since 2009 and the pay proposal was unanimously accepted by Mandate members.” She added: “McKenna’s is a DIy, hardware, household and building supplies merchant that was hit pretty hard during the recession due to bad debts from a number of construction companies.”

Car park workers seek pay review MANDATE members working at the Corrib Car Park in Galway have submitted a claim to management, seeking a pay rise as well as a review of call-out rates. The car park, located off Eyre Street in the centre of Galway, serves the Corrib Shopping Centre, home to a number of retail outlets, including Debenhams and

Marks & Spencer. Industrial Officer David Miskell, who is Mandate rep for the Galway area, told Shopfloor: “It has been some time since any pay increase has been awarded our members working in the car park and it is our belief that a pay review is justified at this time.” Dave Miskell: ‘rise justified’

Staff backing for Labour Court recommendation MANDATe members at Anthony ryans department store in Galway have voted in favour of a Labour Court recommendation on introducing a staff appraisal system. The issue has been the subject of local talks as well as two conciliation conferences held at the Workplace relations Commission. Mandate Industrial Officer David Miskell said: “This matter has been ongoing for some time now, but this Labour Court recommendation paves the way for the system’s introduction with recourse to the industrial relations machinery of the state in the

event of any issues arising.” Meanwhile, a pay claim has been lodged on behalf of all grades employed at Anthony ryans with the union also seeking a review of contracts and commission.

David Miskell told Shopfloor: “It has been some time since any pay increase has been paid to staff and we look forward to constructive engagement from the employer on all aspects of our claim.”

An A for Aptitude and a V for Victory...

6. Better pay:

Year on year, Mandate campaigns for and wins pay rises for its members. Mandate also campaigns to close the widening gender pay gap in Irish society.

7. Legal protection:

Mandate has won significant legal compensation for members who are injured as a result of an accident at work.

8. Mandatory pensions:

Mandate has secured pension schemes with a variety of retail employers and will campaign to secure mandatory pension schemes for all members working in the private sector, partcularly those on low wages.

9.You’re less likely to be discriminated against:

Mandate has won agreements with employers on respect and dignity at work policies and procedures. Mandate will continue to campaign for tougher laws to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability or sexual orientation.

10. You’re less likely to be sacked:

Membership of Mandate protects you and strengthens your voice in your workplace.

Together we’re stronger



This year’s UCD Trade Union Studies course participants from Mandate: Martin Mahony, Supervalu Blanchardstown (second from right, back row); Mandate North East Division Organiser John Callan (fourth from right, back row); and Muireann Dalton, Dunnes Stores Newtownmountkennedy (front row, right) SHOPFLOOR

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Shopfloor June 2016  

Mandate Trade Union's Shopfloor newspaper. Included in this edition, updates on: Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Irish Water, bar workers, and how you...

Shopfloor June 2016  

Mandate Trade Union's Shopfloor newspaper. Included in this edition, updates on: Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Irish Water, bar workers, and how you...