Dunnes Stores staff in Newbridge have been warned that their cars will be fined or even clamped if they use the store’s car park.
Last month Dunnes Stores announced that its 116 stores would no longer provide free parking to its staff.
The Leader understands that up to 25 tickets have since been issued by the car park management company in Newbridge, which had been instructed to issue the fines to employees. So far only workers in the Newbridge store have been fined while repeat offenders have been warned they will be clamped if they continue the practice.
Mandate Trade Union, which represents workers in the retail industry, have condemned the move as workers may not be able to afford the €50 fine to release cars.
A Mandate Union media statement said that Dunnes Stores locations are not all serviced by public transport and often there are no affordable parking options nearby. This is the case for the Newbridge store, which is located in a pay parking zoned area, where all day parking is not feasible or affordable.
Mandate also added that the burden that is being placed on low paid, precarious workers which was described as unfair.
The issue is also worsened by an increase of staff on low hour contracts, meaning a higher demand on spaces.
Dunnes Stores had failed to comment at the time of publishing.