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Ó Caoláin urges government to make GAME bosses accountable

29 March, 2012 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon after securing a Topical Issue debate on the plight of the GAME store workers, Sinn Féin Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin demanded that the Government take account to ensure proper redundancy notice, just and adequate redundancy payments and real accountability of employers. He said:
“It is very important that we are addressing the plight of the GAME store workers here in the Dáil today. This is an urgent issue both because of the injustice done to these workers in the past week and because of the strong trend now emerging where employers are dumping workers with no notice and with no redundancy payments.
“I understand that sit-ins are taking place in most of the stores and our first message here this afternoon must be one of solidarity with the protesting workers at all locations.
“On Monday, with my colleague Councillor Seán Conlon, I visited the workers at the GAME store sit-in at Monaghan Shopping Centre. These are young people totally abandoned by a company which they have served as a dedicated and well-informed workforce. The company washes its hands of its responsibilities and leaves it to the state to take up the burden.
“We have similar situations in Lagan Brick in Kingscourt, Co Cavan and in Vita Cortex in Cork. And retail workers like those in GAME were similarly treated by TalkTalk and La Senza.
“This requires government action. Words of regret from government ministers are not enough. Pointing to existing industrial relations machinery and existing legislation is not enough. Clearly this machinery and this legislation is not working. Employers feel free to act in this way without fear of sanction of any kind. GAME continues to trade in hundreds of its stores in Britain. They must be called to account both for the laid-off workers and for those customers in Ireland who have built up credit in the company’s stores and who are out of pocket as a result of the closures.
“The government needs to bring forward legislation to ensure proper redundancy notice, just and adequate redundancy payments and real accountability for employers.” ENDS

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