Aldi sacks five
Five members of MANDATE were sacked by management at the Aldi
store in Dublin as a dispute over union recognition intensified
this week. MANDATE members placed pickets on the supermarket
following the refusal of Aldi management to recognise the union
at the supermarket store.
Workers had sought to negotiate with management on promised bonus
payments and other issues. Aldi refused to negotiate and then
when the workers joined MANDATE, the company refused to recognise
The company recognises and negotiates with unions in Germany and
Denmark, where it has a substantial presence in the retail
market. However in Ireland, Aldi has so far been able to take
advantage of our lax laws on union recognition.
Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Nicky Kehoe said in a statement
to An Phoblacht: ``It is ironic that in the same week the EU is
trying to promote a charter of rights that includes the right to
join a trade union and have it recognised by employers, those
very rights are being shamefully abused by a German company based
Aldi is a low price high volume retailer and depends on high
customer numbers to make profits. The strike is clearly affecting
business in the store.