Mandate Trade Union – Penneys

To:              Mandate Trade Union Members, Penneys Patrick Street, Cork

Re:             Allocation of Hours

From:         Lorraine O’Brien, Divisional Organiser, Mandate Trade Union

Date:          28th September 2021

Dear Member,

We hope this correspondence finds you safe and well. 

Please see below correspondence to John McCarthy, Store Manager from Lorraine O’Brien, Divisional Organiser, with regard to the Allocation of Hours. 

Mr John McCarthy
Store Manager
Patrick Street

RE:  Allocation of Hours

Dear John

You will recall I wrote to you on the 9th July 2021 following complaints from members that additional hours were not being offered to them while at the same time new staff were being employed.

Again over the last few days, I have been contacted by members who are deeply frustrated that their normal rostered hours have been reduced despite the fact they remain willing and available to work them. I am also informed that new staff are being recruited and understandably this is a source of huge annoyance for the existing staff who are negatively financially affected by the reduction in their weekly earnings.

In my previous correspondence I referenced the Mandate/Penneys Certainty of Earnings and Certainty of Costs Agreement Review of 2016 which states “arising from this review, the Company reaffirms its commitment to make all reasonable efforts to distribute additional hours/vacancies internally before moving to external recruitment”.  Our members believe the situation has deteriorated further since July insofar as the issue in dispute has shifted from the desire for additional hours to the reduction in normal rostered hours. In other words normal earnings have been reduced as a result of the roster changes imposed in the store.

In advance of any further intake of new recruits, we are seeking an immediate review of the rosters and allocation of hours for existing staff with a view to ensuring compliance with the collective agreement provision as mentioned above.

Your confirmation of same at the earliest opportunity would be appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Lorraine O’Brien
Divisional Organiser

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