Primark staff to strike over St Patrick’s weekend

Union members employed by Primark in Derry are to go on strike this weekend.

The action - scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday (March 16 and 17 March) - is in protest at the company’s decision to impose a two year pay freeze.

Following an 88% ballot in favour of taking strike action, Usdaw representatives at Primark met last week to confirm that initial industrial action by staff will take place over the St Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.

The strike will commence at 7 am this Friday and end at 7 pm the following day.

All of Primark’s eight stores in Northern Ireland - including its outlets at Newmarket Street in Derry city centre and and at Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre - will be picketed on both the Friday and Saturday.

Nicola Scarborough, Usdaw Area Organiser, said: “We have made it clear to Primark that we are still prepared to sit down and negotiate, with help from the Labour Relations Agency if necessary, but the company must be prepared to table a realistic and meaningful pay offer for our members.

“Announcing a 4% increase in dividends last year, the Chairman of Primark’s parent company, ABF, said that its good results, achieved despite difficult trading conditions, were ‘not delivered by chance but are the consequence of the hard work and enterprise of our employees.’

“Usdaw agrees. Our members at Primark are loyal and hardworking and are entitled to expect a fair deal from the company in return.”

A spokesperson for Primark was unavailable for comment.