SIPTU has welcomed the decision by Dunnes Stores to concede to a 3% pay claim and said that similar increases will be sought for workers at other retail companies. SIPTU Organiser, Graham Macken, said: "Following the serving of a pay claim for 3% on Dunnes during 2012 by both SIPTU and Mandate on behalf of our respective members, a hearing of the Labour Court was scheduled to take place on Thursday (17th January) in relation to the latter claim.”“However, Dunnes Stores announced that it would pay the increase the day before the hearing. SIPTU welcomes this development on behalf of our members who continue to work tirelessly for their employer, despite continued pressure to alter their work practices and against the backdrop of reduced hours.”He added: “The acceptance of this pay claim by Dunnes Stores is good news for workers in the retail sector and follows a number of similar increases at other retailers including Tesco, Marks and Spencer and Debenhams. This highlights the profitability of these businesses despite the increased pressure on sales. We will continue to pursue similar increases from other employers in the retail sector."