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Game workers deserve better treatment from employers – Cullinane

27 March, 2012

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers’ rights Senator David Cullinane has criticised the video-game retailer Game for their failure to give their Irish workers an adequate notice period.

123 workers in Irish stores were informed yesterday that they were to be laid off as part of the restructuring of the company and the closure of the retailer’s Irish stores.

Senator Cullinane called on the company to pay the workers their redundancy entitlements in full.

Senator Cullinane said:

“Game should be ashamed of themselves for the manner in which they have treated their workers. The workers were informed by phone yesterday morning that they were to be made redundant, that they would not be getting any notice period and that their contracts are to cease on Friday or Saturday.

“The very least a company owes its workers is to inform them properly and professionally that they are to be laid off, and to allow them to work out their notice.

“It is clear that the company has the means to pay these workers their redundancy entitlements. It will continue to trade in some 333 stores in Britain. They should stop hiding behind the administrator and pay the workers their entitlements in full.”

Senator Cullinane also highlighted the need for the Government to introduce legislation to reform Redundancy Law.

“Game is only the latest in a long line of cases where workers have received minimal notice of being laid off and have been denied redundancy payments. It follows on from the cases of TalkTalk, Vita Cortex, La Senza, and Lagan Brick. How many times must this happen before the Government takes action?

“The Government should at the very minimum legislate to ensure that a longer notice period is provided.

“This idea has support across all political parties, as evidenced by the fact that last September the Seanad passed a Labour Party motion to the effect that where a company is proposing to make redundancies on a collective scale, that a longer notice period than 30 days should be provided by that company. We hope to bring forward proposals to this effect in the coming weeks.”

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