Dunnes has been slammed by Irish shopworkers’ union Mandate at its biennial conference in Ennis, County Clare, this week, but its biggest competitior Tesco won praise from members.
John Douglas, soon to be installed as union general secretary, complained that Dunnes “continues to choose the path of confrontation”.
But three Muslim employees of Tesco praised the company management and staff for “the support and consideration shown to us during the holy month of Ramadan”.
Douglas said that in being confrontational, Dunnes was handing “a serious advantage to its competitors”. Companies which recognised workers’ rights of representation and valued them as an asset were the most successful, he added.