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Government needs to act to assist Wilson Workers

10 May, 2012

The government needs to take action as a matter of urgency to tackle the increasing trend of Employers refusing redundancy payment according to Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, David Cullinane.

The Waterford Senator was speaking today during the order of business, where he criticised the manner in which EBSCO had conducted itself as regards its former employees.

He said:

“The 40 workers at HW Wilson, who were made redundant following that company being taken over by publishing giant EBSCO, have been treated shamefully by their former Employer.

“The company has refused to abide by a Labour Court recommendation that the workers would receive two weeks per year of service, on top of statutory. Even worse, they have singularly failed to engaged with the workers, and have held them at arm’s length at all times, disregarding the many years of good service they have given.

“But perhaps most disquieting, is the fact that the workers are now reporting that they have been warned by EBSCOs lawyers that their campaign is ‘being monitored’, and threatening injunctions if they proceed with a planned protest for next Tuesday at 11 at Clontarf Castle.

“The company has behaved in a dishonourable manner, and are damaging their reputation in Ireland significantly. In the spirit of decency, and of good business sense, I ask EBSCO to honour the Labour Court’s recommendations.”

Senator Cullinane also challenged the government to go beyond lip service, and to amend the law to stop this trend.

“Next year, 2013 sees the 100th Anniversary of the Lockout, the most significant and well-remembered moment in Irish labour history. Yet, 2012 has been marked by an unprecedented amount of disputes involving workers being denied their redundancies, including those at HW Wilson, Vita Cortex, Lagan Brick and many, many more.

“I am calling on the government to introduce legislation to ensure that workers in this situation are not left high and dry by bad employers.

“The government cannot keep offering crocodile tears to companies such as those in HW Wilsons when it is doing nothing to assist, and I call on the government to ensure that this on-going crisis is not allowed to rumble on in to the 100th anniversary of the Lockout.”


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