A strike over union recognition which had lasted for three months at Aldi's recently opened store in Dublin has ended following intervention by a government minister. Labour affairs minister Michael Kitt helped broker a deal between management and the Irish shopworkers' union Mandate which allowed pickets to be lifted from the outlets in Cork, Galway and Letterkenny, County Donegal, as well as Dublin. The six Mandate members at the centre of the dispute ­ who claimed they had been sacked for joining the union, though Aldi denied this ­ were offered their jobs back but opted for severance pay. {{NEWS }}