MORE than 100 staff at Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre have been told they can not park in the firm’s car park.
From last Monday, Dunnes Stores staff were told that the company is withdrawing parking facilities for its staff to facilitate an increase in trade over Easter.
Approximately 120 supermarket staff in the Jetland Dunnes Stores are affected by the move, which has led to concerns over the health and safety of vulnerable members.
Due to the location of Dunnes Stores, many workers are parking in nearby estates and walking in.
But with some shifts starting as early as 6am, and finishing as late as midnight, there are fears for the safety of young women in particular.
Trade union Mandate is seeking a meeting with Dunnes on the matter.
Local representative Karen Wall believes with the Dunnes Stores car park providing 600 spaces, there is more than enough room for staff.
“In the current climate, the car parks are never full. It is having an absolutely massive effect on the staff, who are extremely angry,” she said.
A concerned father, whose daughter works in Dunnes at the Jetland SC, said many staff will continue parking at the store, and risk being clamped.
“As an employer, they must be able to look after the health and safety of staff,” he said.
It is only staff at the Jetland Shopping Centre branch of Dunnes who are affected.
This is because the car parks at Dunnes Stores branches in the Childers Road, Howley’s Quay, and the Parkway Shopping Centre are operated independently.
Dunnes Stores had not responded to a request for a comment as the Limerick Leader went to press.