Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised the issue of the workers’ sit in at Paris Bakery in Moore Street in the Dáil.
Gerry Adams TD who visited the sit-in on Sunday asked the Minister for Finance – who was taking the place of the Taoiseach during Leaders Questions – if the government will take urgent steps to ensure that the Paris Bakery workers who are owed €55,000 in wages, are able to access the state’s insolvency fund.
The Sinn Féin leader specifically asked the Minister about the publication of the Workplace Relations Bill which the Minister said he hoped would be published in this session of the Dáil.
Teachta Adams said;
“I visited the Paris Bakery on Moore Street on Sunday and spoke with workers and supporters. They have been occupying the Paris Bakery in Moore Street since last Tuesday when the company ceased trading leaving staff owed €55,000 in wages; one of whom has been left homeless, and several others have not received any wages in some months.
“Legislation is needed to defend the rights of workers and to ensure that their wage rights in particular are protected.
“In 2012 the government announced a Workplace Relations Bill and promised for 2013. It has yet to see the light of day. In the meantime workers’ rights are being undermined.
“Two years ago Sinn Féin introduced the Protection of Employees Amendment Bill 2012. It was intended to close the loophole that denies workers whose places of work have abruptly closed to secure their outstanding wages. Fine Gael and Labour voted down.
“I have written to the Minister for Social Protection asking that she take immediate steps to ensure that the workers are able to access the insolvency fund.”