Mandate Trade Union, which represents more than 5,000 workers in Penneys in Ireland, has said that any restructuring withing the company, which may include redundancies, must take place through agreement with the workers’ representatives.
Penneys announced a restructuring process on the 29th June and since then Mandate has been engaged with the company since then.
Lorraine O’Brien, Mandate National Coordinator said:
“This announcement from the company has caused enormous stress and anxiety for our members. We’ve already had a number of meetings with the members and we will ensure their voices are heard by the company.
“Any changes to conditions of employment must be done through agreement,” she added.
A series of meetings between Mandate and Penneys to discuss the proposals are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks.
Ms O’Brien concluded: “We will engage fully with the company and with the intention of introducing a range of options for those impacted by the restructuring, including no compulsory redundancies, redeployment where possible and a negotiated redundancy package if necessary.”