Sinn Fein spokesperson on workers’ rights Senator David Cullinane has offered his solidarity and the full support of the Sinn Féin party to the workers at Paris Bakery & Pastry LTD in their fight for unpaid wages and other money owed to the workers.
The workers are currently engaged in a sit in protest and are joined by the President of the ICTU who is there in a personal capacity.
Speaking this evening Senator Cullinane said:
"It is shocking that again workers have to engage in a sit in protest and fight for wages owed. The workers are demanding unpaid wages of more than €55,000, owed to them by their employer, Paris Bakery & Pastry Ltd.
“In the last few years workers at Waterford Crystal, Vita Cortex, La Senza, HMV, Game, Thomas Cook, Connolly Shoes and now the Paris Bakery, have had to protest for unpaid entitlements.
"In 2012 Sinn Fein proposed legislation which sought to extend access to funding under the insolvency fund and reduce waiting times for workers getting paid from the fund. We have also called for increased penalties for unscrupulous employers who seek to exploit workers and withhold wages owed to workers.
"I am calling on the company to pay the workers their unpaid wages and entitlements in full. I again reiterate Sinn Fein's call for more robust workers’ rights and legislation which protects workers from unscrupulous employers.”