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Labour Party failed to protect Clerys workers – Cullinane

15 June, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator and Workers’ Rights Spokesperson David Culinane has called on the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to introduce robust legislation to protect vulnerable workers.

Senator Cullinane said:

The treatment of the workers at Clerys by all concerned can only be described as appalling.

“No prior notice was given to either the staff or to their unions that the store was to be closed.

“Only a few hours after staff learned that Clerys had been sold to a real estate company they were informed that company was being liquidated.

“Telling people they have lost their livelihoods in such a callous and clinical way is not acceptable.

“Unfortunately, the uncertainty facing the Clerys workers has become a recurring theme across the Irish labour market.

“Not so long ago we had the Paris Bakery closure where workers had to fight to get their wages and redundancy packages. We also had the appalling treatment of workers in the Greyhound dispute and Vita Cortex also.

“The government must take responsibility for this state of affairs.

“The ongoing failure to introduce robust legislation that would protect vulnerable workers from unscrupulous employers and vulture capitalists must end.

“Irish workers deserve to be treated with respect, and so far the Labour Party and Fine Gael have failed abysmally in this area.” 

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