Newly-opened Primark engaged in labor dispute

The Downtown Crossing location opened in September.
The Downtown Crossing location opened in September. –Wendy Maeda / The Boston Globe

Union officials are accusing Irish retailer Primark of dismissing or “forcing out’’ employees who have supported organizing efforts at the Downtown Crossing store and have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board, The Boston Globe reports.

The low-cost fashion company, which opened its first US store in the former site of Filene’s Basement in September, refuted the claims by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1145.

According to the Globe, the union sees an opportunity to set a precedent for the retailer’s US locations as the company prepares to expand across the country.

Local 1145 claims at least 50 people have lost their position at Primark for supporting the union, which began organizing and holding demonstrations before the location opened.

Read the full Globe report here.

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