Sinn Féin’s Senator David Cullinane has welcomed the end of the Paris Bakery dispute and the confirmation that workers are to have access to the Insolvency Fund.
Senator Cullinane said:
“The workers were owed €100,000 in wages and they were left in limbo due to the loophole in the Companies Act.
“After a sit-in lasting nineteen days the Government decided to act and announced that Revenue will now step in and wind up the company.
“The bottom line remains however, that low paid workers should not have to go to such efforts to access what is rightfully theirs.
“The onus is now on the government to address the loopholes in the Companies Bill and ensure that workers have access to the Insolvency Fund.
“Fine Gael and Labour have no excuse for inaction on this issue as they voted against a Sinn Féin bill in 2012 which would have closed this very loophole.
“The government has a duty to protect vulnerable workers from greedy and unethical employers. This situation is not new - we saw it with the Vita Cortex workers and also with the workers at La Senza.
“Today is a good day for the Paris Bakery workers and for Mandate, their trade union. “The ball is now in the government’s court and it must act.”