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(en) Ireland: Solidarity picket in support of sacked worker

Date Thu, 02 Feb 2006 15:28:54 +0200

Organise! will be picketing the Dunnes stores branch in Belfast from 1.00pm to
2.00pm this Friday (3rd February) in support of Joanne Delaney, a shop steward
sacked for wearing her union badge. We are calling on comrades and groups join
us in Belfast in raising awareness of Joanne's case and her victimisation by
Dunnes management. More information below. -- In Solidarity; -- Jason Brannigan -- for Organise!
Joanne Delaney was sacked by Dunnes stores in November 2005 for wearing her union
badge on her uniform. With more than four years service in the Ashleaf
store in Crumlin on the south side of Dublin, the 22 year-old MANDATE shop
steward received a letter on the 29th of November 2005 informing her that she
had been dismissed by the company.

Dunnes Stores has accused her of not complying with company policy in relation
to the wearing of her union badge on her uniform, despite the fact that there
is nothing in the policy about wearing a union badge. Joanne had been suspended
by a manager at the store since 18th October for refusing to remove the Mandate
Trade Union badge from her uniform. Joanne member was advised to attend a
disciplinary meeting at 6.00p.m. on Friday, 21st October. However, the meeting
was cancelled due to the fact that she was accompanied by her Union
Representative. The Company has continually denied Joanne the right to Union
representation at meetings with management.

Responding to the dismissal, Mandy Kane, Divisional Organiser of Mandate said
“This sacking is petty, vindictive and does the image of Dunnes Stores no
favours whatsoever”. Its also pretty much in keeping with the anti-union record
of a company that sacked workers who refused to handle goods from South Africa
during the Anti-Apartheid Boycott of the mid-eighties.

Things we can do to support the re-instatement of Joanne:
* Support this picket and others.
* Get your union branch to pass a motion in support of Joanne Delaney.
* Send a message to Dunnes Stores management.

Or alternatively pay a visit to the current management in Dunnes in your local
Dunnes store to express your disgust at the action taken by the company and in
support of Joanne Delaney. You can also send a message to Dunnes management at:
frank.dunne@dunnesstores.com or info@dunnesstores.com

To send a standard protest letter to Dunnes management join the online campaign
at Labourstart (where more information can be obtained about the dispute) at:


P.O. Box 505,
Belfast, BT12 6BQ.
Email; organiseireland@yahoo.ie

[Organise! is an Irish anarchist federation]

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